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Knightstone Ward – Personality Disorder Intensive Support Service for Women

Gender: Female

Age: 18+

Beds: 15

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

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 individuals 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:

  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT)
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Mentalization-based therapy (MBT)
  • Solution-focussed therapy
  • Psychological formulations
  • Psycho-educational groups
  • Drug and alcohol groups
  • Voices and noises groups
  • Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)
  • Psychometric Assessments including the WAIS
  • FipMo (The Firesetting Intervention Programme for Mentally Disordered Offenders)
  • Counselling
  • Art therapy
  • Drama therapy
  • Mindfulness

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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