Ramsey Unit – Male High Support Inpatient Rehabilitation (Level 2) Service

Gender: Male

Age: 18+

Beds: 21

Ramsey Unit is our high support inpatient rehabilitation (level 2) service for men based at Cygnet Hospital Colchester. The service is delivered in a purpose-built therapeutic environment, where the focus is on maximising positive outcomes and recovery while focusing on discharge planning from the moment individuals arrive. All bedrooms are en-suite and the hospital offers a range of social, relaxation and activity areas.

By combining a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach, we deliver high-quality care using our unique 4 stage model of care for our mental health high dependency inpatient rehabilitation services.

Rami’s Journey

Read about how Ramsey Unit supported Rami to move back into his family home.

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The service has 21 beds in total of which 7 are located on the ground floor suitable for individuals with mobility issues. Individuals often come to us following multiple placement breakdowns, failed treatment programmes or stepping down from a higher acuity service.

Our in-house multi-disciplinary team include psychiatry, psychology, occupational therapy, nursing, support workers, and sessional therapists.

Our recovery programme is delivered in a culture that balances risk management with therapeutic optimism, where the men we support have the opportunity to learn and practice the skills they will need in a safe environment.

Alongside our clinical interventions, our aim is to help the men in our care to regain their place in the community and to rebuild relationships.

Ramsey Unit is located in the heart of the community in Colchester which is Britain’s oldest recorded town. The individuals we support have access to wide range of community facilities locally including, Colchester Zoo, Colchester Football Club, beautiful parks and excellent shopping and dining facilities.

On Ramsey Unit we believe that developing equal partnerships between individuals who use our service and the staff is key. Therefore co-production plays a large part in the way we shape our service. Each week we hold a co-production meeting for the gentlemen we support to have their say on things that happen in the service and how it is run.

“Thank you very much for all you are doing. It is very much appreciated. Sounds like you have a good measure of him and he enjoys working with staff.”Family member

Our facilities:

  • En-suite bedrooms
  • Lounge
  • Pool table
  • Dining room
  • Activities of daily living kitchen
  • Quiet room
  • Sensory room
  • Large garden
  • Multi-faith room
  • Gym
  • Activity centre
  • IT room

Our community links:

      • Colchester football club
      • Colchester Zoo
      • Dedham Therapy Farm
      • Dedham boating lake for picnics and paddling
      • Recovery college
      • Cafés and restaurants
      • Shops

Our service user profile:

      • Men 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 may 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
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