Personality Disorder

Cygnet Hospital Ealing

Our national network of specialised personality disorder services provides more than 140 beds for men and women affected by a personality disorder, including those requiring medium/low secure, Tier 4 or non-secure settings.

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Within these services we provide a range of therapeutic interventions including Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Schema Focused Therapy, designed to help service users tackle their symptoms and progress with their lives.

As well as specialist personality disorder services we can also offer modified treatment programmes within some of our other services, including our Eating Disorder service at Cygnet Hospital Ealing and our learning disability service at Cygnet Hospital Beckton.

Each of our personality disorder wards offers a therapeutic environment with individualised care plans and a focus on outcomes.

Therapies in Personality Disorder Services

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Schema Focused Therapy are the two main evidence based treatment programmes our services use, along with a number of additional interventions to enhance service users’ recovery journey.
The use of different therapies will vary dependent on each hospital and those used may include:

  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy – (DBT)
  • Skills Training
  • Individual Therapy
  • Schema Focused Therapy
  • Nursing – using My Shared Pathway and the Recovery Star
  • Occupational Therapy (OT)

Discharge Outcomes

  • Average length of stay is between 9 and 12 months
  • 60% of service users discharged are discharged to a lower level of security. Of those:
    • 52% of the above service users are discharged to the community or supported living
    • 31% of these service users were discharged home
    • 17% of these service users were stepped down from a secure service to a non-secure service
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Cygnet Hospital Coventry

Ariel Ward – Female Personality Disorder

Opening in May 2017, Ariel Ward will be Cygnet Hospital Coventry's specialist inpatient personality disorder service. It will provide a service for women aged over 18 and will offer a range of therapeutic interventions including Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Schema Focused Therapy.