Ramsey Unit – Male High Dependency Inpatient Rehabilitation Service

Ramsey Unit is our high dependency inpatient rehabilitation service for men based at Cygnet Hospital Colchester. The service is delivered in a purpose-built therapeutic environment, where the focus is on maximising positive outcomes and recovery. All bedrooms are en-suite and the hospital offers a range of social, relaxation and activity areas.

By combining a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach, we deliver high-quality care within a community atmosphere, while focusing on discharge planning from the moment service users arrive.

Within the service there are four complex care beds for individuals who also have additional complex needs such as autism.

Our in-house multi-disciplinary teams include psychiatry, psychology, occupational therapy, nursing, support workers, and sessional therapists.

Our recovery programme is delivered in a culture that balances risk management with therapeutic optimism, where the men we support have the opportunity to learn and practice the skills they will need in a safe environment. Alongside our clinical interventions, our aim is to help the men in our care to regain their place in the community and to rebuild relationships.

Our specialist interventions and approach:

In addition to our psychiatry and nursing interventions we offer:

Occupational therapy-led interventions:

  • Daily living skills
  • Targeted occupational therapy sessions according to service user needs
  • Financial management training
  • Education and vocational programmes
  • Therapeutic earnings focusing on career and job skill development
  • Development of social skills and interests
  • Activities to improve self-esteem including self-image
  • Creative activities
  • Cultural and spiritual needs
  • Social family integration (where appropriate)
  • Community activities

Psychology-led interventions:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) informed approaches
  • The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®)
  • Mindfulness
  • Coping and emotional regulation skills
  • Functional assessment of behaviour
  • Problem solving approaches
  • Psychometric assessments
  • Cognitive functioning assessments
  • Psychoeducation
  • Substance misuse awareness and relapse prevention
  • Offence-focused interventions
  • Interventions to increase motivation
  • Interventions to increase self-esteem
  • Individual risk assessments including HCR-20, SVR-20, PCL-R and SARA

Service user profile

  • Men aged 18+
  • Detained under the Mental Health Act (1983) or informal
  • Primary diagnosis of mental illness with:
    • Complex comorbidities
    • Substance, drug and alcohol abuse
    • Treatment resistance
    • Behaviours that challenge
  • Aiming for a return to community or community-based care
  • History of sexual abuse or domestic violence
  • Typical diagnoses: schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar affective disorder or depression
  • May have secondary diagnoses of mild learning disability, autism spectrum disorder or personality disorder
  • May have a forensic history and/or be stepping down from secure services
  • May have a history of repeated acute admissions
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Referrals are now being taken and can be made by contacting the Cygnet referrals team via 0808 164 4450 or by emailing [email protected].

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