Cygnet Hospital Clifton

Clifton Lane, Clifton, Nottingham, NG11 8NB

Cygnet Hospital Clifton is a 24 bed specialist low secure service for men with a personality disorder, who also present with complex mental health needs and challenging behaviours.

The treatment model we provide at Cygnet Hospital Clifton is delivered in the context of a cohesive multidisciplinary, psychologically informed team approach, with the patient at its centre. We aim to create opportunities for sustained positive behavioural change, by applying a consistent approach where the men in our care feel encouraged to develop positive interpersonal skills to reduce maladaptive or pathological behaviours.

The hospital is set out across two wards; Ancaria Ward is the admissions/ initial treatment ward, which offers a defined pathway through to Acorn Ward, which has a focus on rehabilitation, in preparation for moving on into the community or supported living.

Cygnet Hospital Clifton

At Cygnet Hospital Clifton we aim to sequence interventions according to Professor Livesley’s integrated treatment model. The therapeutic milieu aims to ensure consistency and optimal conditions for growth and change in a positive and effective environment.

“Cygnet Hospital Clifton has helped me with my recovery by challenging my behavioural problems and changing my thoughts to move to a more positive way, giving me more confidence to deal with different disappointments, changing my ways of thinking and giving me responsibility with (a course on) the Recovery College.”Service user

Service user profile:

  • Men, aged 18+
  • Primary diagnosis of personality disorder, including anti-social personality disorder
  • Detained under the Mental Health Act, including Ministry of Justice restrictions
  • Requiring assessment and treatment in a secure environment
  • May have a history of violence
  • May have a history of sex offending

Prison Transfer Programme

We also offer a specialised three month prison transfer programme, for stabilisation and assessment of prisoners whose mental health needs cannot be met in the prison environment.

  • Referrals and assessment: We provide a rapid response to referrals, assessment within the prison environment, quick decision on suitability for transfer within five working days and liaison with MOJ over transfer warrants
  • Comprehensive inpatient assessment: Twelve week assessment programme including full diagnostic and risk formulations, IQ and neurological assessments, stabilisation, treatment plan
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