Hazelwood House is a low secure unit for men with a learning disability, including those with co-morbid personality disorders, mental illness and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
It is a well-established service in the Midlands that works with patients with intellectual disabilities to reduce their risk, build and consolidate core skills relapse prevention strategies, focusing on the application in real world settings and develop skills for supported or independent living in the community.
All interventions aim to help the patient to understand the effect of their behaviour on others, to help them to manage the impact of external triggers on their behaviour and ultimately to promote the concept of recovery.
Our model of care explicitly acknowledges and supports the issue of change (or readiness for change) and this is essential for successful engagement and treatment. When stability is achieved, patients engage in appropriate treatments to meaningfully focus on reducing the risk of relapse and can help to reduce length of stay in secure care.
Psychology led therapies:
- Individual psychological therapy
- Recovery and mental health awareness
- Stop & think! - a social problem solving therapy
- Managing anger programme (MAP)
- Drug and alcohol programme
- Relationship programme (social skills)(collaboration with therapies)
- Adapted sex offender treatment programme
- Coping skills programme
- Arson treatment programme
- Relapse prevention and discharge planning
Occupational Therapy led activities:
- Community-based volunteer work
- Real Work Opportunities
- Breakfast club - develop cooking and food preparation skills as well as socialisation skills
- Self-expression and drama group
- Education - literacy and numeracy
- Physical fitness
- 1:1 cooking
- Arts and craft
Our staff are trained in The RAID approach and focus on positive behaviour so to reduce challenging behaviours and consists of:
- Forensic Psychologist and Assistant
- Occupational therapist and Assistant
- Consultant Psychiatrist
- Ward manager and the nursing team
- Social worker
- Speech and language therapist and Assistant
We believe the environment in which patients are treated is just as important as the therapy itself. Patients go out into the community for many activities but we also have the following facilities on site:
- Outdoor Gym and large garden
- Large group room and computer room
- Rehabilitation kitchen
We also provide real work opportunities helps patients to develop pre-employment process skills including CV workshops, application support, interviews with formalised feedback and training relevant to the role such as Health and Safety or Manual Handling.
Dr Caroline Jacob, MRCHB MRCPsych MSC, has been with Partnerships in Care as Consultant Psychiatrist since August 2012 and was appointed Regional Clinical Director in June 2013. She trained in forensic psychiatry and psychotherapy. Her writings on personality disorder have been published widely and she is the author of the Quality Network Standards for Forensic Psychotherapy in Medium Secure Settings. In her role as clinical director she manages the medical teams throughout PiC Midlands.
2016 Winners of the Association of Psychological Therapies (APT) Award for Excellence in Risk Assessment and Management
2016 Winners of the National Learning Disability and Autism Awards Breaking down barriers award in the National Learning Disability and Autism Awards for their excellent positive Behavioural Support and RAID implementation