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Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust are pleased to be able to start work on a new specialist unit which will provide support closer to home for people suffering from severe mental health problems.

The Trust's Board of Directors has recently approved plans to change existing unsused ward space in Lincoln, on the St George's Hospital site, into a brand new 10-bedded male only Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).

The Board of Directors felt it was important to proceed with plans to further improve specialist mental health care in the county and reduce the need for some patients travelling out of the county to receive specialist support. There are also early discussions taking place for how a similar service could be developed for female patients.

Chief Executive, Dr John Brewin, said that creating a PICU for the people of Lincolnshire was the right thing to do:

"If you're experiencing serious mental health problems, being away from your family network is far from ideal. We want our patients to remain as close to home as possible during their recovery and the building of a PICU is one step closer to achieving this.

"Unused ward space at Carholme Court provides us with the most appropriate location within our existing estate, close by to other clinical services.


A PICU development was also something highlighted by the Care Quality Commission last year, during their week-long inspection of LPFT services, as something that would be of benefit to patients.

It is expected to create around 40 jobs for the local community and recruitment will start for some of the specialist roles this October. All vacancies will be advertised on


What is a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit?

A PICU is a small specialist mental health inpatient ward for patients with complex needs who require short term intensive support to overcome a crisis period in their mental wellbeing - similar to the level of support patients with a physical health need would receive in a hospitals intensive care unit.

The level of support people need usually requires a closer focus from staff who can monitor and support individuals to a much greater extent than the Trust's existing adult mental health wards.

As their symptoms improve people will be able to return to less intensive environments such as Peter Hodgkinson Centre (Lincoln County Hospital) and Ward 12 (Pilgrim Hospital) or rehabilitation services at Discovery House. The majority of patients will then return home within their own communities.

Patients are usually detained under the Mental Health Act to receive treatment and therefore remain within the ward environment, with access to secure garden areas.


Read more about why we need a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit here.


Read more about the proposed changes to Carholme Court and site management plan here.