About the service
Enfield Down is an inpatient rehabilitation unit for people with severe mental health problems, usually psychosis.
It provides 24-hour nursing care, occupational therapy and medical care carried out by a consultant psychiatrist.
Lunch is provided daily by an in-house catering team. Other meals are self-catering, however, assistance can be provided as necessary.
There is a housekeeping team on-site to keep the building clean and tidy but service users are encouraged to be as independent as possible.
There is a range of individual and group activities available and service users have personalised care and treatment plans.
People who come to Enfield Down may have been detained under the Mental Health Act.
Why would someone choose the service?
- Enfield Down has a bi-monthly dialogue group called ‘You said, we did’ and a two-monthly ‘Friends and Family’ group. An outcome of these groups has been the formation of an Enfield Down choir and a programme of concerts and activities that family and friends are invited to.
- The service has its own in-house facilities and catering team.
- In the 2013 Patient-Led Assessment of the Care Environment (PLACE), a system for assessing the quality of patient environments, Enfield Down scored 99.81% for cleanliness, 95.07% for food, 81.88 % for privacy, dignity and wellbeing and 91.23% for the condition, appearance and maintenance.
- The service runs therapeutic activities in partnership with other local organisations such as Hoot, Holme Valley Sharing Memories Group and Artists in Mind. This has resulted in collaborative art exhibitions at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in 2012, the North Light Gallery in 2013 and 2014, and the Packhorse Gallery in 2014.
Staff you may meet
- Dietitians use the science of food to help people to make good choices about food and lifestyle. Nutrition is an important part of recovery and wellbeing. All service users admitted to a Trust ward have their nutritional state assessed.
- There are more than 60 different specialities that doctors work within the NHS. Each is unique but there are many characteristics which are common. Roles range from working in a hospital to being based in the community as a GP.
- Domestic staff have a vital role in helping to care for patients. They work in one of three key areas; catering, cleaning or laundry services. All of these services play an important part in aiding an individual’s recovery.
- Housekeepers help nurses run hospital wards. They are a member of a ward team and support the delivery of clinical care by ensuring the ward is a clean, safe and attractive place which is conducive to patient care.
- There are many people who work behind the scenes to keep services running and you may meet them in hospital or community settings. They include porters, cleaners, plumbers, electricians, decorators receptionists and secretaries who all work to make sure healthcare settings are kept clean, tidy and safe.
- Nurses who choose to specialise in the mental health branch of nursing work with GPs, psychiatrists, psychologists, and others, to help care for patients. Increasingly, care is given in the community, with mental health nurses visiting patients and their families at home, in residential centres, in prisons or in specialist clinics or units.
- Nursing or healthcare assistants work in hospital or community settings under the guidance of a qualified healthcare professional. They help doctors, nurses and therapists give people the care and treatment they need.
- Occupational therapy is the assessment and treatment of physical and psychiatric conditions using specific, purposeful activity to prevent disability and promote independent function in all aspects of daily life.
- Physiotherapists help people to improve their range of movement in order to promote health and well being. This can help people to live more independently.