Saltwood Ward – Low Secure Mental Health Service for Men

Saltwood Ward provides a 16 bed low secure service for men with enduring mental illness, including those with a personality disorder at our new hospital in Kent, Cygnet Hospital Maidstone.

The service is provided in a joint working arrangement with Kent and Medway Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and promotes shared understanding and practice. The NHS Trust undertakes case management and employs social workers who work at the hospital, while Cygnet Health Care provide psychiatry, nursing, therapy, and ancillary staff, and operate the service. This allows for opportunities of shared learning and shared excellence.

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The multidisciplinary team is integrated and work as one, sharing expertise. The Trust also has extensive community links which can be particularly helpful for service users moving towards discharge, thus helping to keep lengths of stay to a minimum.

Our new male high dependency inpatient rehabilitation service, Kingswood Ward at Cygnet Hospital Maidstone, provides a pathway for men from Saltwood Ward requiring a stepdown to a lower level of security.

Our service user profile:

  • Men, aged 18+
  • Detained under the Mental Health Act
  • Requiring assessment and treatment in a secure environment
  • Presenting active or potential risk to others
  • Diagnosis of:
    • Severe and enduring mental health problems
    • Psychotic disorder
    • Schizoaffective disorder
    • Schizophrenia
  • May be exhibiting dangerous and challenging behaviour
  • May have a dual diagnosis with substance abuse
  • May require a specialist service for treatment or management of personality disorder
  • May have a forensic history

NHS New Care Model Partner

Cygnet Hospital Maidstone is a core and active provider partner in the South East (KSS) New Care Model for Adult Secure Services, led by the three NHS Provider Trusts within the region. The primary focus of the partnership is to be able to offer secure care within the South East region when a service users requires it. Also to keep lengths of stay within secure services as
appropriately short as possible, while achieving the treatment goals set out.

Our facilities:

  • En-suite bedrooms
  • Extensive social and recreational space
  • Activities of Daily Living (ADL) kitchen
  • Safe outdoor space
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