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Knightstone Ward – Personality Disorder Intensive Support Service for Women

Knightstone Ward at Cygnet Hospital Kewstoke is our new 15 bed Intensive Support Service for women with a diagnosis of personality disorder and complex mental health needs. The service will help women with challenging high risk behaviours, who experience difficulties with engagement or motivation with therapeutic programmes. The service will be opening in January 2021.

We aim to help meet the needs of these women, who may have previously had inappropriate placements, by offering a less restrictive setting underpinned by our robust service pathway and programme of care.

The service at a glance

Through our Care Pathway at Knightstone Ward, we are able to help support and treat women who present with complex needs, including emotionally unstable personality disorder (EUPD) and significant self-harm. By offering a robust, safe environment and skilled staffing team we are able to help women who previously may have had difficulties engaging in therapeutic programmes.

Our care pathway will focus on an integrated programme structure, which will enable a focus on positive pre-engagement, offering a variety of approaches. The main aim of Knightstone Ward is to help prepare the people in our care with the required appropriate skills to move to a Tier 4 pathway or step-down services, discharges to community services or independent living where appropriate.

Therapeutic approaches and assessments:

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Schema Focused Therapy
  • Occupational therapy assessment and interventions
  • Psychological formulations
  • Music therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Sensory assessments
  • Complementary therapies including reiki and aromatherapy
  • Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)

Service user profile:

  • Women, aged 18+
  • Detained under the Mental Health Act
  • Primary diagnosis of personality disorder
  • Presenting with complex high risk needs including:
    • Significant self-harm
    • Emotionally unstable personality disorder (EUPD)
  • Demonstrating difficulties with engagement or motivation with therapeutic programmes
  • May have a history of repeated hospital admissions or previous placement breakdown
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