Psychiatric clinical decisions unit

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The Psychiatric Clinical Decisions Unit (PCDU) is available for people in severe mental health crisis who would benefit from extra support in a day unit.

  • The PCDU is based on the Lincoln County Hospital site at the Peter Hodgkinson Centre.
  • The unit provides a safe space for patients to have a thorough assessment of their needs.
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  • The service is based on the Lincoln County Hospital site at the Peter Hodgkinson Centre.
  • The centre provides a safe space for patients to have a thorough assessment of their needs.
  • Patients work with professionals to help decide the best treatment and support for them.
  • This could mean returning home with intensive support from professionals, or being admitted to a specialist mental health ward.
  • The unit is able to care for up to six adults at a time, for up to 48 hours, in a safe, purpose-built environment away from A&E. 
  • This enables the team to spend more time with patients to better assess their needs.
  • Decisions will be made with both patients and carers present as to what would best help them through their current crisis or severe episode.
  • The team includes mental health nurses, psychiatrist, social workers, support workers and admin.
  • The team provides:-
    • psychological interventions
    • medication review
    • practical problem solving
    • help, advice and liaison with other services such as housing, debt management etc to support the person in crisis.
  • Assessments will be undertaken whilst you are in the PCDU including:-
    • understanding how you are currently feeling and why
    • any risk you may pose to yourself or others
    • a review of your medication
    • if there are any other factors such as relationships, housing or money that you may be having a problem with.

 


Referral to the unit is via the LPFT Crisis Resolution & Home Treatment Team.

After discussions with you and your family and carer (if you want them to be involved) a decsion will be made on one of the following:

  • discharge you back home with some short term intensive support from our home treatment teams
  • admit you to a mental health hospital
  • discharge you with no further actions if your symptoms and experiences improve while at the PCDU
  • signpost you to other services which may be able to help with other factors such as debt management or housing.
  • refer you to a crisis house where you can receive some long term respite and support in a non-hospital setting.

  • The team at PCDU will do everything they can to provide a thorough assessment of your needs and put in place appropriate help and support.
  • The following behaviour will not be tolerated:
    • threatening or abusive behaviour to others
    • damage to, or theft of property
    • use of substances harmful to your mental wellbeing, for example, alcohol or illegal/legal drugs
  • We are a smoke free Trust so do not allow smoking on our premises. More information

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