The Wolds is a purpose built all male ward specialising in rehabilitation.
Our aim is to assist and support you through your recovery, and provide a positive environment where you can feel safe and at ease
What will your admission involve?
On your arrival to the ward you will be greeted by the staff who will show you around the unit and show you to your bedroom. You will be given some time to settle in and unpack your belongings. You will have a locker in your room where you will be able to keep valuables.
The ward doctor will visit you in order to admit you to the ward. You will be introduced to your named nurse and associate nurse who will oversee your wellbeing during your stay.
If you have any questions please speak to a member of staff.
How will you be assessed?
- Risk assessment - To maintain safety.
- Psychology - To help manage coping skills.
- Occupational Therapy - To rebuild the skills I have.
- Nursing team - To gain awareness of my symptoms.
- Community resources - To help me achieve my community goals.
- Housing organisations - To help find appropriate accommodation for my discharge.
Needs will be assessed on an individual basis.
What will you need during your stay?
Bed linen and towels are provided for you by the ward and will be replaced regularly.
Please provide your own:
- personal items.
There is plenty of storage provided for you in your bedroom (wardrobe, drawers and en-suite bathroom with cupboards).
Discovery House also has a locked storage facility located upstairs in the main entrance. Here you can store larger items and items you do not need on the ward.
You can keep a small amount of food and snacks in your bedroom. These must be kept in a plastic box. You can keep any food items that do not need to be refrigerated or frozen in your bedroom.
In the interest of Health and Safety you can bring with you:
- five electrical items,
- 10 DVDs and 10 CDs. All others can be placed in the secure storage as mentioned.
There are a number of items which you are NOT allowed to bring onto the ward. These include:
- Drugs and illicit substances
- Pornographic material (unless vetted by the psychologist)
Some items allowed on the ward will need to be declared to staff members, and will only be available to you at certain times:
- Mobile phone
- Lighters and matches
- Scissors, tweezers and razors
- Cleaning materials and aerosols
Valuable items are brought onto the unit at your own risk. The trust cannot take responsibility for the damage, theft or loss of any personal items such as:
- Money or bank cards
- Electronics (game consoles/ televisions and computers).
Who will be working with you on The Wolds?
You will be involved with several members of staff whilst you are staying at The Wolds:
- Ward manager
- Clinical team leader
- Staff nurses
- Nursing assistants
- Student nurses
- Clinical psychologist
- Assistant psychologist
- Occupational therapist
- Responsible clinician (consultant)
- Staff grade doctor
What is life like on The Wolds
The Wolds has a daily programme you will be asked to participate in. All activities offered help you to achieve the skills and self confidence which are important in your recovery journey.
The environment allows service users to get the full benefit of both internal and external spaces including the garden areas.
Preparing your own meals is something to look forward to. There is a wide range of fresh food to choose from and prepare, with the help of the staff. This will develop your confidence and provide you with cookery skills.
What forms of treatment are available?
Several forms of treatment are available:
- Medical interventions
- Psychological therapies
- Vocational training
- Self-harm groups
- Physical wellbeing
- Social inclusion
- Occupational therapy
- Life skills and personal care
Whilst staying at The Wolds you are expected to:
- participate in the daily programme
- have regular 1 to 1 time with your named nurse or your care team
- be respectful of others
- be willing to work with staff in order to move forward
- be fully engaged and co-operate with your care
LPFT is a no smoking Trust. Smoking is only permitted off the hospital site. Those who use e cigarettes are not allowed to use them in the building. We have a central courtyard however, where e cigarettes are allowed to be used.
Rehabilitation service philosophy
People who stayed on our wards have guided our philosophy of care based on their hopes and expectations:
- Be prepared to engage
- Respecting different beliefs
- See beyond labels
- Mutual respect
- Open and honest
- Innovative and creative
- Homely environment
- Purposeful activity
- Choice and independence
- Listen and learn
- Person centred
- Life after rehab
- Doing what we promise
- Partners in care together
What activities are available?
The follwing activities are available to all patients at The Wolds:
- life skills
- domestic skills and housing needs
- literacy and numeracy
- medication management
- problem solving
- relapse prevention and coping strategies
- social skills
- social activities
- involvement in groups
- confidence building
- healthy lifestyle
- specialist interventions
- psychosocial interventions
- cognitive behavioural therapy
- family/ carer involvement
- anger management
- substance misuse
- Pets as Therapy.
Equality and diversity
The Wolds strongly believes in, and advocates to all, the importance of equality. Everyone should be treated with respect and dignity and we strive to prevent discrimination and protect all those who use our services. We welcome diversity and acknowledge that difference brings value to The Wolds.
- Characteristics such as:
- racial and cultural backgrounds
- sexual orientations
- religious beliefs
open up alternative ways of perceiving, thinking and acting that enriches our understanding of mental health and recovery.
The Wolds promotes the elimination of discrimination for people with experience of mental illness. We are very aware of the importance of creating communities free from stigma in order to support the recovery process.
If you feel you are experiencing discrimination, please speak to a member of the nursing team immediately who can support you and help to resolve this.
The Care Programme Approach (CPA)
What is the Care Programme Approach (CPA)?
A multi agency meeting held every three months to discuss progress and continuing areas to develop. Throughout your time with us you will always be involved. It is a way of planning and coordinating your care.
The CPA includes:
- assessing your needs with you
- developing a plan in response to identified needs
- putting the plan into action and sharing the responsibility with you
- reviewing the plan to make sure it is meeting your needs and agreeing any changes
Meal times are structured:
- Breakfast 8am to 8.45am
- Lunch 12pm to 1pm
- Dinner 5pm to 6pm
All meal times are protected. No visitors or contractor visits are admitted onto the wards during protected meal times.
We welcome visitors to The Wolds but ask the following:
- We are informed prior to the visit and where possible, the visit should be outside of your activity timetable.
- Visitors should leave the ward by 8.30pm unless by prior arrangement.
- Visitors will be asked to sign in and will not be allowed to smoke whilst visiting on the ward.
- No children are allowed on the ward. However, we will facilitate your visit if children are present as we have a visitors’ room off the ward. If you require this room please let us know prior to the visit.
What if you feel vulnerable or have safeguarding issues?
Speak to a member of your care team who will listen to you and help you contact the appropriate person or agency if you feel that you are being bullied, harassed or picked on. The staff will then deal with this in a timely manner and keep you informed throughout the process.
How will your discharge be planned?
Discharge begins from the day you are admitted. You will be involved in all aspects of the discharge planning. You will have built a relationship with your care coordinator who will help to find you the most suitable or appropriate accommodation and will continue to support you following discharge.
Together with the ward staff you will do some work on relapse prevention and this will be shared with your community teams. We will help you to provide structure for your day by helping you make links with agencies within the community you will be living in.
We want you to succeed..