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Bowling Ward – Highly Specialised Personality Disorder Service for Women

Gender: Female

Age: 18+

Beds: 16

Bowling Ward at Cygnet Hospital Bierley is a 16 bed rehabilitation service for women with personality disorder and complex needs. The service aims to support service users to learn effective emotional management, to reduce emotional dysregulation and to manage their own mental health and recovery.

Bowling Ward provides a fully comprehensive Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) programme delivered by the multi-disciplinary team (MDT). We are able to accept women who are willing to engage in DBT and for those women who are hesitant about DBT, we offer a pre-commitment/pre-engagement service to help establish the best approach for each individual.

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The service offers a highly structured environment. All service users have individualised ward therapy programmes, alongside a personal programme of activities and interests. The therapies department use a person-centred approach to work with service users to identify which treatments are most helpful to their recovery based on assessment of their needs.

“Before I went onto Bowling Ward I was intent on destroying myself, if it wasn’t for DBT I wouldn’t be where I am today”Service user, Bowling Ward

Bowling Ward works upon the principles of positive risk-taking and encouraging self-management. Service users are encouraged to make steps towards independence whilst having access to the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) programme and the support of the Bowling Ward team. The aim is to enable and empower service users to move towards independence and recovery through practicing the skills they’ve achieved in a safe environment.

Denholme Ward, our PICU service at the hospital, is part of the care pathway if a service user escalates and requires a more secure environment for a short period of time. The 1:1 DBT sessions will continue, where possible, so that the therapeutic work isn’t interrupted.

“Good staff and knowledge of BPD, fantastic OTs, fed well, good structure and routine, likeable staff, a good environment.”Service user, Bowling Ward

Our therapies and activities:

  • Mindfulness
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)
  • Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)
  • Trauma Focused Therapy, e.g. Prolonged Exposure
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Daily Living skills
  • Recovery College
  • Comprehensive community links to support vocational/educational, self-care and leisure opportunities

Our service user profile:

  • Female, aged 18+
  • Primary diagnosis of personality disorder
  • Emotion regulation difficulties
  • May be detained under the Mental Health Act or informal
  • May have a forensic history
  • May present with co-morbid presentations:
    • Self-harm
    • Self-neglect
    • History of substance misuse
    • Complex needs
    • Disordered eating
  • May have a history of trauma and/or abuse
  • May have experienced previous placement breakdowns
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