About the service
Newhaven is a low secure service providing 16 beds for males with a learning disability based at Fieldhead in Wakefield. In addition to inpatient beds, the service provides an outreach service which supports people to integrate back into the community.
Newhaven provides high quality assessment and treatment packages for males with a learning disability aged over 18 years who present with offending or challenging behaviour which may bring them into contact with the criminal justice system.
People are usually admitted from the criminal justice system or from local learning disability services. Some service users are also admitted from more secure units once their needs have reduced.
The ward promotes hope and recovery through a supportive approach which involves service users in their care pathway.
Why would someone choose the service?
- We achieved a Nursing Times award for our work around service user contact for families.
- We encourage service user involvement in all areas of the running of the unit.
- We work closely with Huddersfield University, providing care and treatment in line with the latest research.
- The Trust’s former medical director was very complimentary about the clinical care she observed in the unit and said she would be very happy if any of her family and friends needed similar care for them to be treated and cared for at Newhaven.
Staff you may meet
- Activity co-ordinators are responsible for implementing a range of therapeutic activities. Examples of activities provided include social, recreational, leisure, communication, sensory or educational sessions.
- Administrative staff provide essential support to doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. This can be in a variety of different settings, with administrators working as a receptionist in a clinic or a clerk on a ward. They may also be working closely with a consultant as a medical secretary.
- 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.
- 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.
- The NHS employs a wide range of clinical staff, it wouldn’t be possible to list them all on this website! All our clinical staff are skilled, dedicated professionals who adhere to high standards of training and work-place practice.
- 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.
- Receptionists are the first link for many patients and visitors. They often work on their own or with one or two other receptionists, greeting patients as they arrive and check them in. They might also collect patient notes and ensure that these vital records go to the right healthcare professional. In a clinic, they may make appointments and arrange patient transport.
- Social workers help, support and protect people who are facing difficulties in their lives. They help people to take positive steps to overcome problems and improve their lives. This could involve assessing and reviewing a service user’s situation, building relationships with service users and their families and agreeing what practical support someone needs.
Why a professional should choose the service
- Care Programme Approach (CPA) reviews are carried out every three months at Newhaven using a dedicated CPA package adapted for our service users in line with CQUIN targets.
- We consistently achieve quality indicators in line with 25 hours activity reports, HCR-20 and HONOS secure risk assessments
- We advocate the use of ‘my shared pathway’ with the service users who respond well to these and find it a useful tool
- We have received positive feedback from peer reviews
- We encourage service user involvement in all areas of the running of the unit. There are regular community meetings with both staff and advocacy. Service users are involved with the forensic low secure management group and external advocacy groups such as One Voice and the Yorkshire & Humber/North East Recovery and Outcomes Group
- Occupational therapy
- Family work
- Health screening
- Social skills
- Group work
- Mindfulness / relaxation
- Self-care/management skills
- Support to quit smoking
- Advocacy – helping people to get the support they need
- Speech and language therapy
- Dietetics – support around nutrition and health
- Pastoral care – emotional and spiritual support
- Activities of daily living
- Anger management
- Drugs and alcohol support
- Ability to self-care
- Discharged back into the community as soon as possible
- Improved engagement with community services
- Relapse prevention
- Self-management skills
Referrals accepted from:
CMHTs, Consultants, Courts, Local authority staff, Other NHS services, Other Trust services, Police
Referrals also accepted from:
Referrals also accepted from secure service commissioners and prison services.
Males aged 18 – 65 with a learning disability and forensic (related to legal issues) history.