Unicorn Ward – Tier 4 Adolescent PICU

Cygnet Hospital Sheffield offers CAMHS Tier 4 PICU, CAMHS acute and CAMHS low secure services over three wards. They provide individualised care for young people who are experiencing a mental health crisis, and whose needs mean they cannot be supported in community settings or they may require a longer stay in an inpatient setting. The services provide safe, therapeutic environments with a focus on helping the young person stabilise, so that hospital treatment is no longer required.

Unicorn Ward is a CAMHS Tier 4 PICU service and provides support for young people, both male and female who have complex needs and require high intensity nursing care. The focus is on stabilisation with a view to enabling transition to a general acute ward or back into the care of community services. The service is able to provide robust care and support for young people displaying significant levels of challenging behaviour.

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Unicorn Ward has full MDT input, including a specialist doctor, psychologist, social worker, occupational therapist and educational support from full-time teachers and educational support staff. The service works with young people to prepare them for discharge back out of service and into their home area, whilst still in a robust and supportive PICU environment.

Unicorn Ward is the first CAMHS PICU service in the country to become CAMHeleon accredited. CAMHeleon celebrates and promotes best practice and the things that really make a positive difference to young inpatients, identifying small changes that have a big impact.

There is a diverse educational programme in place, so that young people can continue their education at the same time as receiving treatment. Education is provided by our Phoenix School which has a ‘Good’ rating with Ofsted.

Service User Profile

  • Age 12-18
  • Detained
  • Diagnosis of:
    • Psychosis
    • Self-harm and/or suicidal ideation
    • Depression or anxiety
    • Emerging personality disorder
    • Substance misuse – providing there is a primary diagnosis of a mental health problem
    • Emotional, social and behavioural difficulties
    • Borderline/mild learning disability as a secondary diagnosis
    • Autism spectrum disorders, with a mental health primary diagnosis
  • May have a forensic history

Our Facilities

  • En-suite bedrooms
  • Spacious communal areas
  • Outdoor sports areas
  • Training kitchen to support skills development
  • On-site Ofsted registered school
  • Gym
The graffiti wall in the outdoor courtyard which was designed by service users
The graffiti wall in the outdoor courtyard which was designed by service users

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