Alvaston Ward – Low Secure Female Personality Disorder

Alvaston Ward at Cygnet Hospital Derby is a 16 bed specialist low secure service for women with a primary diagnosis of emotionally unstable personality disorder. The ward can support women with highly complex needs and those who have experienced previously unsuccessful placements.

The primary pre-cursor to an admission to Alvaston Ward is that the person is ready to engage in a therapeutic programme. Service users may have a history of involvement in the criminal justice system or may present with significantly challenging behaviour, severe self-neglect and vulnerability.

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The ethos on Alvaston Ward is to provide assertive treatment of a person’s condition. The multi-disciplinary team helps individuals address their issues and proactively use Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Schema Therapy. The DBT programme is adapted to the needs of the service users and is tailored for individuals who may have educational or learning difficulty issues, such as dyslexia, which may act as barriers to the standard DBT programme.

“Cygnet Hospital Derby has been a life changing experience. It has offered me so much which has allowed me to develop skills, insight, confidence and much more. I just wish there were more hospitals like this one. I now feel empowered and ready to live my life.”Service user, Alvaston Ward

Enabling Environments

Alvaston Ward has achieved the Enabling Environments Award from the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Centre for Quality Improvement. Enabling Environments is awarded to services who have demonstrated an outstanding level of best practice in creating and sustaining a positive and effective social environment. To achieve the award Alvaston Ward had to meet and exceed ten core standards based on:

  • Belonging
  • Boundaries
  • Communication
  • Development
  • Involvement
  • Safety
  • Structure
  • Empowerment
  • Leadership
  • Openness


  • En-suite bedrooms
  • External secure courtyard
  • Fully equipped gym
  • Art room
  • IT classroom
  • Therapy kitchen

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