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Picasso Ward – Women’s High Dependency Inpatient Rehabilitation

Picasso Ward is a 21 bed high dependency inpatient rehabilitation service for females, based at Cygnet Hospital Woking.

The service is delivered in a purpose-built therapeutic environment, where the focus is on maximizing positive outcomes and recovery. All bedrooms are en-suite and the hospital offers a range of social, relaxation and activity areas.

The service strengthens the female care pathway at Cygnet Hospital Woking, providing a pathway from the women’s low secure service, Oaktree Ward, and the new female PICU service, Acorn Ward.

Picasso Ward Lounge

Picasso Ward provides a high level of therapeutic care and support that is underpinned by knowledge and practice of evidence-based interventions, delivered by a highly experienced multidisciplinary team. Our individualised and group treatment programmes are DBT informed and have clearly defined goals and outcomes for our service users.

Treatment is offered in a safe, calm and therapeutic environment where patients develop skills for maximising their independence, self-confidence and knowledge of how to manage their mental wellbeing. We work compassionately and collaboratively with the residents and their families using recovery based and person-centred approaches.

Picasso Ward

Therapies and treatments:

We develop tailor-made rehabilitation programmes in collaboration with carers and local teams. We provide regular updates to referrers and care co-ordinators. These include:

  • Recovery focused care planning
  • Cognitive Behavioural therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy informed interventions
  • Emotional regulation
  • Self-harming reduction and management
  • Substance misuse awareness
  • Trauma, grief and loss
  • Psychoeducation
  • Anger and anxiety management
  • Offence related work where applicable
  • Physical healthcare management
  • Problem solving
  • Relapse prevention
  • Life and social skills training
  • Educational Support

Service user profile

  • Women aged 18+
  • Detained under the Mental Health Act (1983) or informal
  • Primary diagnosis of mental illness with:
    • Complex comorbidities
    • Substance, drug and alcohol abuse
    • Treatment resistance
    • Behaviours that challenge
  • Aiming for a return to community or community-based care
  • History of sexual abuse or domestic violence
  • Typical diagnoses: schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar affective disorder or depression
  • May have secondary diagnoses of mild learning disability, autism spectrum disorder or personality disorder
  • May have a forensic history and/or be stepping down from secure services
  • May have a history of repeated acute admissions

Referrals are now being accepted. Referrals can be made by contacting the Cygnet referrals team via 0808 164 4450 or by emailing [email protected].

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