Wyvern Ward – Men’s High Dependency Inpatient Rehabilitation

Wyvern Ward supports men in a high dependency inpatient rehabilitation environment who have severe and enduring mental illness and who may have been detained under the Mental Health Act. Men often come to us following multiple placement breakdowns, failed treatment programmes or stepping down from secure settings.

Wyvern Ward can support up to 16 men, including those with a history of absconding. This is due to the enhanced levels of security we can put in place, both physically and relational, and can be seen as an alternative to low secure provision.

The focus on Wyvern Ward is increasing people’s life skills to prepare them effectively for life outside a hospital environment. It provides a supportive environment and can be effective for those who may need a longer period of rehabilitation.

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“People listen to my point of view, I am involved in my care plan and this gives me the confidence to move on.”Service user, Wyvern Ward

Wyvern Court is a 3-bed apartment extension to the Wyvern Ward. This supports the care pathway at Cygnet Hospital Derby by enabling service users to experience a form of supported accommodation before they are discharged, which can help reduce re-admission rates. Wyvern Court helps to encourage independence prior to discharge to allow consolidation of the treatment programme. The service can help men to share facilities, compromise and to learn effective budgeting and other life and interpersonal skills in a realistic environment whilst still maintaining high levels of MDT input.

The service we provide in Wyvern Court can be a motivating factor for others within Wyvern Ward itself, as there is more independence and it is a step closer to the community. It is also
suitable for those with physical disabilities.

“I have been in hospital for a long time and Wyvern Court is helping me get back in the community with less anxiety. I am moving to a very nice house next that I will share with four other people and the staff who work there.”Service user, Wyvern Court

There is a mantra of a “working week” across Wyvern and while activities and therapies are held during the week, there are also weekend therapists who organise recreational activities. These can include walking, going to the cinema, going out for meals and playing football – real life activities that are meaningful and enjoyable.

Wyvern also offers dedicated vocational hours for subjects such as e-learning, sourcing college and work placements, and completing CVs.

“We have routine and structure that prepare you for when you are on your own. I was going to move on to 24hr shared housing but now am being assessed for my own flat as I have shown I can do it on Wyvern Court.”Service user, Wyvern Court

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

Our facilities:

  • En-suite bedrooms
  • Therapy kitchen
  • Variety of activity rooms
  • Courtyard with outdoor seating
  • Dining room
  • Living / games room
  • Gym
  • IT café
  • Multi-faith room
  • Recovery Academy

CQC MHA Monitoring Report

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