Austen Ward – Male PICU

Austen Ward is a locked-door service that can support up to 14 men in a psychiatric intensive care (PICU) setting. The service has QNPICU accreditation (Quality Network for PICU services) from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

The service is not risk averse and has a willingness to accept referrals which may be challenging and can work successfully and robustly with individuals who experience a higher level of complexity and challenge. This includes referrals for men with a personality disorder. All service users are detained under the Mental Health Act.

Referral Line

To make a referral please call our dedicated Referral Line on 0808 164 4450.

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Support

The aim of Austen Ward is to provide a short, rapid intervention to help service users regain a sense of control and order in their lives, so they can move to a less restrictive care setting or return home.

“I am doing well, thanks for all the support and thank you for giving me the help that I needed. Thank you for taking such good care of me.”Service user

A personalised package of care is agreed following assessment within 72 hours of admission including full physical healthcare checks. Care is delivered by a well-established multi-disciplinary team comprising of one consultant psychiatrist with specialist interest in PICU, a specialty doctor, nurses, occupational therapist, therapy assistant, substance misuse practitioner, forensic/clinical psychologist and assistant psychologist.

The service is supported by a clinical and forensic psychologist who provide open groups twice a week. There are eight different programmes which run on Austen Ward including problem solving and anger management. One to one therapy is also available on a regular basis.

Substance Misuse Service

Many service users referred to Austen Ward have dual-diagnosis of mental health illness and substance misuse, including legal highs. We are specialists in substance misuse assessment and support. There are two substance misuse practitioners and two health care support workers identified on each ward to work with those affected by addiction.

There is also a focus on harm minimisation work and the service is a partner for SMART Recovery UK which is a national programme. SMART Recovery (SMART) is a science-based programme to help people manage their recovery from any type of addictive behaviour. This includes addictive behaviour with substances such as alcohol, nicotine or drugs, or compulsive behaviours such as gambling, sex, eating, shopping, self-harming and so on.

Facilities

Secure transport is available for admission and discharge if required. As well as comfortable single en-suite rooms, the hospital has extensive grounds, social space and a five-star catering team. There are also leisure facilities on site including an exercise & fitness room, art room, horticulture area, IT classroom and learning kitchen.

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