The service can cater for up to 16 men, who may be detained under the Mental Health Act or informal. The focus of the service is to help stabilise and settle people and assess their needs thoroughly. During their time on the ward, service users may have their medications adjusted and other interventions will be considered and, where appropriate, put into place.
Service users on Sandford Ward 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.
Amongst the outcomes we aim to achieve are:
- Reduced number of self-harm incidents
- Improved wellbeing
- Improved social functioning
- Service users treated and stabilised in order to move on to care in the community
- Psychoeducation programme offered to help service users better understand their illness
- Workshops and support offered to help service users cope with everyday tasks post discharge
- A crisis plan will be agreed pre-discharge with arrangements for future incidents relating to the service user’s illness
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 mental illness, have abused drugs and/or alcohol. This programme is integrated into the therapeutic programme across the hospital 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 Sandford Ward is to help service users 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
The ward works closely with Nash Ward, the male PICU on site. Between them, they offer the male acute care pathway at the hospital, with a focus on service users to be treated in the least restrictive environment possible.
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. This is a vibrant and busy environment. There is a full-time activities co-ordinator on Sandford 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.