Case Study 1

Patient A is a young lady with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder who already has a 15 history of being resident in various secure services throughout the UK, very often being transferred to another service due to her lack of engagement and very significant self harm. She has a long history of relationship difficulties, emotional withdrawal and flashbacks to previous traumas in her life. Patient A was transferred to Surehaven from a medium secure Independent Hospital in England. Since transfer she has built excellent therapeutic relationships and engaged well in developing treatment plans alongside the nursing, psychology and occupational therapy services, currently benefitting from mindfulness and EMDR therapy. Surehaven are now currently discussing with her local clinical team how we can assist them by developing a bespoke highly supported independent living solution to allow her to enjoy a high quality of life in a community setting.

Case Study 2

Patient B is a young man suffering from a schizophrenic type illness, due to his complex and challenging presentation he was being cared for in an IPCU for a significant period of time always under special nursing observations by up to three members of staff. Since admission to Surehaven there have been significant and continual improvements in his mental state, relationships with others and his assaultative behaviour which has reduced markedly and for the first time in six years he is beginning to re-integrate into the community enabling him to recognise life outside hospital and achieve a quality of life that for a long time was unachievable to him.

Case Study 3

Patient C suffers from a Mild LD and personality disorder. Due to an assault on a member of staff in his previous placement and urgent assessment and admission was requested. We were able to assess and admit within 6 hours. This patient has a forensic history of violence towards vulnerable women and numerous relationship difficulties due to childhood experiences and real difficulties in expressing his thoughts and feelings which often resulted in him harming himself or lashing out at staff. Due to his complex needs he required a long period of assessment and took many months to build up a trusting therapeutic relationship with the staff team. Patient C has been with us now six months and is engaging well with the full MDT team, his self harming behaviours have reduced and he is now able to communicate his needs effectively and without the use of violence due to learning the appropriate coping strategies and being able to implement them into his everyday life with the continued support from his care team.