Shelley Ward – Men’s Low Secure

Shelley Ward provides recovery based treatment in a low secure environment for men whose mental health needs result in continuing and ongoing disturbed/challenging behaviour and who may have a dual diagnosis. Most of our patients/ service users have a significant forensic history and we work closely with external agencies (e.g. Ministry of Justice, MAPPA).

The aim of Shelley Ward is to balance the needs of therapy and security whilst supporting men to gain the skills they need to live successfully in the community.

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The ward team is made up of an extensive MDT that includes a psychologist, assistant psychologist, occupational therapist, substance misuse team, fitness instructors, music tutor, activities co-ordinator, Consultant Psychiatrist, Speciality Doctor and nurses. Service users are supported to go to educational courses, and work in local voluntary employment. In this respect the location of the hospital is ideal as it is close to Bradford and major transport links.

A comprehensive psychological assessment and formulation is completed for all service users prior to the initial CPA to inform treatment planning and relational security. Individual and/or group work will then begin to meet the identified needs. This includes work to address offending behaviour with the gaol of reducing risk and supporting recovery.

Access to a standardised treatment programme for those with a history of substance misuse is available via individual and group therapy.

Dual Diagnosis and Substance Misuse service

Cygnet Hospital Bierley has launched a new evidence-based substance misuse treatment programme. The ‘Find YOUR Way’ programme is Psychology-led and designed to meet the complex needs of service users presenting with substance misuse difficulties, alongside problems with mental health, risk, and offending. To find out more about our Substance Misuse service please click here.

Care Pathway

Our care pathway is enhanced by access to our community-focused mental health rehabilitation facility, Cygnet Lodge Brighouse. This enables us to provide an integrated care pathway to reduce lengths of stay and enhance the outcomes for service users.


Shelley Ward offers service users a gym, therapy room, ADL kitchen and other activity and social spaces. The focus is on doing things for oneself, getting into a routine, being motivated and creating a plan for the day.

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