Bowling Ward – Female Personality Disorder Service

Bowling Ward at Cygnet Hospital Bierley is a 16 bed specialist service for women with highly complex needs associated with a diagnosis of emotionally unstable personality disorder. 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 highly structured environment. All service users have individualised ward therapy programmes, alongside a personal programme of activities and interests. The Therapies Department use a whole-person approach to work with service users to identify which treatments are most helpful to their recovery based on assessment of their needs.

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Phoenix Suite

The Phoenix Suite is a 4 bed separate treatment environment provided as part of the care pathway on Bowling Ward. Through positive risk-taking and encouraging self-management, service users can make the move towards independence while still having full access to the 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.

“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

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

The service is supported by a fully comprehensive inpatient Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) service, delivered by a multi-disciplinary team. Service users admitted to Bowling ward must express a willingness to engage in the DBT programme. The DBT programme on Bowling Ward received an “Excellence in DBT Award” in 2017 and 2018 from the Association of Psychological Therapies.

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

Other Therapies and activities:

  • Find your Way (substance misuse)
  • Mindfulness
  • Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)
  • Daily Living skills
  • Recovery College
  • Comprehensive community links to support vocational/educational, self-care and leisure opportunities

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