Upper West – Women’s Medium Secure

Gender: Female

Age: 18+

Beds: 10

Upper West is Cygnet Hospital Bury’s 10 bed medium secure service for women. Upper West, supports both women with a range of complex care needs including personality disorder, mental illness and detachment disorders as well as both hearing and Deaf women.

A highly specialised multi-disciplinary team supports people in Upper West and care and treatment programmes are very much tailored to the individual’s needs. DBT is used as a treatment programme within the ward and it is a bilingual community where all staff are trained in British Sign Language.

Our innovation initiatives:

  • Recovery College
  • National Service User Awards
  • Collaborative project with Crisis Prevention Institute on MAPA training for Deaf learners
  • People’s Council meetings
  • Mental Health Act code of practice Easy Read adaptation in association with NHS England
  • Personalised visual adaptations for Deaf service users with additional learning disabilities and complex needs
  • Care plans recorded in BSL film format or other formats meaningful to the individual
  • All About Me Deaf Recovery package

Each service user has a treatment plan and a weekly therapeutic timetable which can include: individual and group psychology, counselling for drug and alcohol misuse, anger management, social skills development, daily living skills development, healthy living, IT skills training, education and vocational development, group games and activities.

All service users have their own private bedrooms with full en-suite facilities and access to a range of recreational space including a gym, laundry, occupational therapy kitchen, therapy garden and external sports pitch.

Our service user profile:

  • Women, aged 18+
  • Mental Health Act Status: Detained
  • Complex communication needs which may relate to deafness alongside mental illness, personality disorder, learning disability or developmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder
  • Requiring assessment and/or treatment in a medium or low secure setting
  • May require intensive care as a result of significant risk of aggression, absconding associated with serious risk or serious risk of self-harm, suicide or vulnerability
  • May or may not have a forensic history

Our facilities:

  • State of the art Recovery College including media suite
  • Sensory equipment
  • Occupational therapy kitchen
  • Therapy garden
  • Gym
  • Woodland walkways down to Elton Reservoir

Our Community links

  • Bury and Rochdale Colleges
  • Bleakholt dog sanctuary – dog walking work placements
  • Local Deaf clubs in Bury, Bolton and Manchester
  • Canal and River Trust
  • Leisure facilities including swimming and gym
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