Cygnet Pindar House

Upper Sheffield Road, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S70 4PX

Gender: Male

Age: 18+

Bed: 22

Cygnet Pindar House is our 22 bed Neuropsychiatric care and treatment service for men affected by acquired brain injuries. It is a safe and secure place to aid recovery as well as offering those diagnosed with a progressive neurological disease like Huntington’s Disease, a caring and longer term placement to support and help manage the progression of their symptoms. The service accepts unplanned, often urgent admissions where a service user requires a safe place to start treatment at the earliest possible time as well as planned admissions.

The service is a modern purpose-built facility, designed specifically to provide a clinically-led evidence-based neuropsychiatric pathway for individuals presenting with behaviours that challenge. Our focus is to create a therapeutic rich environment to engage the men in our care and offer them the opportunity to mmaximise their independence.

Our in-house Neuropsychiatry interdisciplinary team are able to support those with complex physical health needs and we have en-suite bedrooms located on the ground floor for men with mobility impairments.

Our person-centred approach puts the individual at the centre of their care and discharge planning. The service offers a wide range of activities and facilities to promote independent function. Positive behaviour goals are focused on discharge planning to support service users to return to community living – either with support or independently.

Our service user profile:

  • Men aged 18+ affected by a neurological condition where challenging behaviour is the leading impairment
  • May be detained under the Mental Health Act, informal or subject to DoLS
  • May have a forensic history
  • May have complex physical health needs
  • With a diagnosis of:
    • Established or suspected Acquired Brain Injury including those sustained through trauma, anoxia, stroke, tumour, virus or infection
    • Established or suspected neurodegenerative condition including Huntington’s Disease
    • Specialist Dementia e.g. Pick’s Disease, Frontotemporal Dementia
    • Korsakoff’s Syndrome or other substance abuse related brain injury
  • Presenting symptoms may include:
    • Dysphasia or other communication problems
    • Dysphagia with or without the requirement of PEG support/modified diets
    • Moderate to severe cognitive impairment
    • Respiratory difficulty requiring support of BiPAP (Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure) or CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure)
    • Mobility impairments
  • Presenting Comorbidities may include:
    • Psychiatric disorders including psychoses
    • Complex epilepsy
    • Post-ictal psychosis
    • Organic personality disorder

Our inter-disciplinary team:

  • Neuropsychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Speech and Language Therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Clinical Hospital Manager
  • Therapy Coordinator
  • Nurses across RMN/RGN/RNLD disciplines
  • Support Workers
  • GP cover from local practice

Our facilities:

  • En-suite individual bedrooms
  • Therapy kitchen and additional therapy spaces
  • Dining room
  • Communal lounge
  • Quiet lounge
  • Fully equipped gym
  • IT room
  • Multi-functional outdoor space including gardens
  • Accessible bathrooms with hoists
  • On-site laundry facilities
  • Specific dietary needs met by our in-house catering team
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