The women’s secure service pathway at Milestones Hospital is dedicated to providing gender sensitive and gender specific care and treatment for women with complex needs and challenging behaviour who would commonly be detained under the Mental Health Act 1983, amended 2007.
The service is delivered across 2 service areas:
Milestones Hospital (10 beds)
The Mews (8 beds)
We recognise that the women we work with are likely to experience symptoms of major mental illness and/or significant psychological distress, often as a result of their history of adversity, trauma and social / economic disadvantage, and that they make up one of the most vulnerable groups in our society. We respect that women have often survived by developing extreme coping mechanisms such as self-harm and other risky behaviours. Their needs are complex and their histories diverse.
We view the process of our care delivery at its simplest as having a beginning, “getting to know each other”, a middle “an agreed treatment phase” and an end which supports in a “healthy maturity and disengagement” as they move on to a less restrictive environment.
It is our central philosophy that the women are at the heart of everything we do, and that our therapeutic endeavours and service design should reflect this philosophy and commitment.
Our service is underpinned by the principles of Empowerment, Recovery and Inclusion which form the basis for our Model of Care.
Empowerment is a social process of recognition, promoting and enhancing people’s ability to meet their own needs, solve their own problems and mobilise the necessary resources in order to feel in control of their own lives (Dooher, Byrt)
Recovery is for all: Hope, Agency and Opportunity (RCPsych), and
Inclusion is about positively striving to meet the needs of different people and taking deliberate action to create environments where everyone feels respected and able to achieve their full potential (National Institute for Health Research)