Service users usually come to us in crisis, may be non-compliant with their medication or this could be their first presentation with mental health symptoms. All service users are detained under the Mental Health Act.
Service users on Nash have support from the full MDT with a range of interventions available including occupational therapy, psychology, social work, advocacy, IMHAH services and access to a GP. We excel in quickly stabilising some of the most acutely unwell service users.
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.
All wards offer an Active Life programme 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 drug and or alcohol. This programme is integrated into the therapeutic programme across the hospital, including Nash Ward, and is accessible to all service users.
Admissions are usually short-term but we can support people longer-term if they require extra support while an alternative service is found. The aim on Nash is to help people learn how to manage their mental health and reinforce their daily living skills, to prepare for independent life back in the community, or for moving into mainstream rehabilitation.
Male Acute Care Pathway
Also on site at Cygnet Hospital Kewstoke is a male acute mental health service, Sandford Ward. Once a service user has effectively stabilised and no longer requires PICU, Cygnet Hospital Kewstoke can offer the option to step down from Nash to Sandford, thus maintaining the service user in the least restrictive environment. Such a move would be subject to agreement from the NHS commissioner of care.
The ward provides a range of facilities including single en-suite bedrooms, social and recreational spaces, a games room, secure garden and outdoor gym equipment. There is a full-time and dedicated activities co-ordinator on Nash Ward.
For those who are too unwell to leave the hospital or ward, we offer ward-based activities and they can also access the hospital’s gym, kitchen facilities and IT suite.