Knightstone Ward – Female Personality Disorder

Knightstone Ward is a specialist inpatient service for women with a diagnosis of personality disorder. The service is supported by Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) throughout and staff on Knightstone Ward have been fully trained in this specialist therapy.

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Our multi-disciplinary team works across the whole hospital and makes use of a broad range of therapies, including CAT, CBT, Schema Therapy, EMDR and DBT that are tailored to individual needs. We run a number of groups, such as a ‘Hearing Voices Group’, which many of our service users find useful as a way to share their experience.

“This service has been a large help to me everyone is very supportive.”Service user, Knightstone Ward

The service has input from a sessional GP, a visiting dietician and an Active Life representative. The aim of the Active Life programme is to increase service user understanding of the intrinsic benefits of exercise for supporting sustained mental health recovery. This is achieved through a physical health assessment and a tailored individual care plan.

We also offer a comprehensive programme for those individuals who, as well as having a major mental illness, have abused drugs and/or alcohol. This programme is integrated into the therapeutic programme across the entire hospital, including Knightstone Ward, and is accessible to all service users.

The team also supports the education and career reintegration / development of service users through supporting them to access courses and formal further education at the local college with which we have strong links.

“The support here is incredible and they are very recovery focused.”Service user, Knightstone Ward

Knightstone is very homely and is a relaxed service which supports the high functioning and independence of the service users supported there. There is an active and vibrant feel to the ward and service users are involved in collaborative working with the nursing and care teams. The ward feels proactive, engaged and supportive.


Bluebell is a dedicated five-bed area on Knightstone Ward. Bluebell is suitable for service users who display a higher level of risk and who may be at risk of severe self-harm or suicide yet at the same time have a desire to engage with services.

The Knightstone Ward team are highly experienced with a well established set of therapeutic and psychological programmes. The team will work with service users on Bluebell to introduce them to the environment and prepare them for the DBT programme. Once stabilised the aim is then to move service users on to the main part of the ward.


Therapy is provided by a team of psychologists, occupational therapists, drug & alcohol workers, and other associated therapists. The therapeutic environment on Knightstone places an emphasis on building healthy relationships and working on unhelpful models of attachment formed early in life.

The therapies include:

  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • Problem solving approaches
  • Individual Therapy, including CAT, DBT, Schema Therapy, EMDR and CBT
  • Family Therapy
  • Hearing Voices Network group
  • A range of occupational therapy activities

Additionally we offer these to improve service user experience and enhance skills for life after discharge:

  • Dietetics
  • Active life and health promotion
  • A range of complementary therapies such as dance, art and music therapy, swimming and horse-riding
  • Support in CV writing and interview techniques
  • Qualifications through the local college
  • Voluntary work placements

Care Pathway

Staff on Knightstone Ward engage with service users, referrers and home teams to encourage a smooth progression along the care pathway towards care in the community. This is achieved by working closely with the service’s sister ward, The Lodge, which provides an on-site step down for service users who have completed treatment on Knightstone Ward.

All clinical staff at The Lodge are also trained in DBT to allow them to provide appropriate support and clinical continuity for service users stepping down from Knightstone Ward. In addition, the same therapy staff will continue working with the service users once they have moved to the Lodge to facilitate a seamless transition between the two services.

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