Tyler Ward – Male PICU

Gender: Male

Age: 18+

Beds: 14

Tyler Ward is our 14 bed specialist PICU service which provides assessment and treatment for men who are experiencing an acute period of mental illness. We accept urgent admissions from all over the country and aim to respond to all referrals within one hour of receipt of adequate clinical information.


Some service users come to Tyler Ward with very complex needs, high levels of aggression and disinhibition. Our experienced MDT team includes an occupational therapist and activities co-ordinator who run a full programme of therapy and meaningful activity. Service users are enabled to have at least 25 hours’ of therapy a week, including evening and weekend activities.

Some examples of the groups include art therapy and the ‘Hearing Voices’ group. Service users are encouraged to participate in these groups and, although their attendance and participation in these groups is not compulsory, they are seen by the MDT as an important part of care and treatment. Therapists also aim to do 1:1work that links in to a service user’s particular interests. These will have been identified on admission.

All the activities offered aim to facilitate expression and concentration, to offer relief from being in hospital and to relieve tension and help facilitate recovery.


Tyler Ward has social and recreational space including a gym and therapy room. The ethos on Tyler Ward is in helping people gain the skills they need to live in the community and giving them the confidence to recover and go on from their period of mental illness.

Our service user profile:

  • Men, aged 18+
  • Detained under the Mental Health Act
  • Experiencing difficulties that present a risk to the well-being of themselves or others that cannot be treated in an open environment
  • Diagnoses may include:
    • Acute mental illness
    • Acute depressive illness
    • Psychosis
    • Schizophrenia
    • Bi-polar disorder
    • Personality disorder
    • Dual diagnosis
  • May present with co-morbid presentations:
    • Self-harm
    • Substance misuse issues
    • Complex needs
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