Stockton Hall is a highly specialist hospital where patients requiring a medium secure care setting can maximise value from therapeutic interventions. Our services have produced excellent recovery results for patients and they are able to progress to low secure or locked rehabilitation if possible.
The facility is split across seven wards as follows:
- 16 bedded female ward - Mental Health and Personality Disorder
- 16 bedded male ward - Personality Disorder
- 8 bedded elderly male ward - for those with a settled in presentation in need of rehabilitation for mental illness and/or personality disorders
- Two 24 bedded male wards for mental health focus
Programmes that support patients with mental health and or personality disorders are focussed towards those who:
- Require a reduction self-harm
- Need support with violent behaviour
- Present with offence-specific behaviours
Stockton Hall runs a therapeutic programme, to help patients develop coping strategies, increase skills and resilience and enable patients to access the community to maximise their recovery potential.
Our full multidisciplinary clinical team focuses on:
- Engaging patients in therapeutic treatment
- Increasing patient skill levels
- Promoting independence and community integration to prepare patients for rehabilitation
There is a programme of psychological therapies which are co-ordinated by the Head of Psychology but are run with all disciplines involved, including:
- Occupational therapy
- Social work
Stockton Hall's team of social workers strive to create or rebuild family networks for all patients who may find this helpful to their recovery.
Therapeutic sessions include:
- Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
- Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT)
- Offence specific cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Substance misuse awareness and treatment programme
- Mental health promotion programme
- Managing anger programme
We also provide real work opportunities to help patients develop pre-employment process skills including:
- CV workshops
- Application support
- Interviews with formalised feedback
- Training relevant to the role such as Health and Safety or Manual Handling
Real work opportunities include, for example, café manager, shop manager, maintenance worker, gym cleaner and stock ordering.
Patients are supported to participate in a range of music activities as a group or individually utilising the music room and recording studio. The aim of the music programme is to increase patient engagement.
Patients at Stockton Hall are able to access education sessions both on the ward and in the therapy department. Sessions are facilitated by a teacher or a teaching assistant who will facilitate an educational assessment and then provide a range of educational opportunities to meet individual needs.
A range of formal and informal learning is available. Patients can access a media suite for online tool teaching opportunities. Interventions range from GCSE, OCR, key skills and functional skills such as literacy and numeracy. This can lead to national accreditation in these subjects. Stockton Hall is OCR accredited which means that patients are supported in gaining a range of qualifications.
We believe the environment in which our therapy takes place, is just as important as the treatment itself and we provide:
- Swimming pool
- Wood work room
- Rehabilitation kitchens
- Patient run shop and cafe
- Music room
- Recording Studio
- Multi-media internet suite
- Education centre
- Activity rooms
- Horticulture activity areas
- Animal care
- Autism Spectrum and Learning Difficulty services
Fenton ward is an 8 bedded, medium secure service for adult males with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The service is primarily tailored towards patients with ASD who cannot cope in busier ASD secure environments due to sensory issues or communication difficulties. Patients on Fenton ward typically have an associated learning disability.
We provide a highly individualised and person-centred service. Considerable focus is given to understanding the patient as a whole and to identifying environmental factors that are relevant to their risk.
The service is particularly keen on collaborative working, and family members are very involved in formulations and pathway discussions.
The service is based on a positive behaviour support model. In addition to usual MDT working, the service makes use of ASD specific approaches such as social stories and tailored psychology work. The service also provides a menu that has been specifically designed for people with autism following consultation with the clients.
Kyme ward is a 16 bedded medium secure service for adult males with developmental disorders. The service provides care for patients with higher functioning autism and mild learning disabilities. Patients on Kyme ward are generally more able to tolerate higher levels of activity than those on Fenton ward.
Patients benefit from a full MDT and have regular meetings to discuss recovery and risk. On admission each patient undergoes a comprehensive review lasting three months. Following this there is generally a recommendation for further psychology work.
The service is based on a positive behaviour support model and provides psychoeducational work for autism, social skills training, and adapted psychological work for people with autism and learning disabilities.
Myles Paterson is the Partnerships in Care Regional Executive Director for the North East of England and Scotland. Having worked in the healthcare sector for 30 years, Myles has specialised in the management of medium secure forensic services for 24 years. He holds a Masters Degree in Law, a Diploma in Management and is registered with the NMC in both categories of General and Mental Health practice.
Sue Janes, Hospital Director, qualified as a Registered Learning Disability Nurse in 1987. She has several years of experience in nursing in NHS and National Charities as well as having held many roles in senior management. She joined PiC in 1995. She led a very successful project in nurse prescribing recently which was presented to colleagues and commissioners at PiC sharing best practice event, with the team gaining a finalist position in the 2014 Nursing Times awards in the mental health category.