Adult mental health forensic services
Middlesbrough, TS4 3AF
Tel number: 01642 424459
Mallard ward is part of the Trust's adult mental health forensic service.
About the service
Mallard ward is a 16 bedded low secure facility providing individualised and comprehensive packages of care to males, typically aged 55 and older, that are frail, vulnerable and/or severely physically impaired, with a history of being significant risk to themselves or others.
The main objective of Mallard ward is to offer a more specialised client focused service, with clear decision making and a simplified pathway of care for all.
Mallard ward provides a low secure environment utilising a holistic approach to client care. The aim is to monitor, manage and reduce risk, balancing therapy and security while assisting patients to lead full and independent lives.
The service provides assessment, formulation, treatment and care, rehabilitation, advice and support to people who are physically frail/infirm, cognitively impaired and have mental health problems.
What can patients expect?
Mallard ward offers a structured 7 day programme of activity from morning until late evening, which involves the patient seeing not only nursing staff, but also occupational therapists, psychologists and social workers.
Included in the 7 day programme there is a weekly therapeutic community meeting where all multi-disciplinary team members and external agencies (PALS and STAMP Revisited) are invited. The purpose of this is to encourage an excellent experience for the patient whilst in hospital. Patients are involved in the decision making process and are encouraged to voice their opinions.
Patients are also expected to attend a daily motivational meeting to plan the next day, including any leave they wish to use or any activities they would like to be involved in.
There is also an assistant psychologist who works closely with the staff and patients advising, implementing and developing research programmes to provide better outcomes for patients.
Therapies available on Mallard Ward include:
- Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT)
- Reminiscence and memory work
- Relapse prevention
- Psychosocial interventions/stress vulnerability
- Counselling and listening skills
- Mental health awareness
- Nutrition and hydration
- Motivational interviewing.
The ward team
The Mallard ward multi-disciplinary team includes:
- Modern matron
- Ward manager
- Clinical lead
- Health care assistants
- Social workers
- General practitioners (GPs)
- Occupational therapists
How to access the service
Referrals to the ward are made by referring practitioners to the case managers and consultant psychiatrists. Referrals are received from internal and external areas.
The multi-disciplinary team visit the referring area and complete a comprehensive assessment of the patient. The patient is given an information booklet and has the opportunity to ask any questions.
A letter is then sent to the referring clinician to advise of assessment and all accepted referrals are given to the bed management and case managers.
About the ward
Mallard Ward has 16 beds. All 16 bedrooms have en suite facilities, respecting the privacy and dignity of all patients.
The ward has an activities daily living kitchen, activity room, quiet room, dining area, lounge area and cinema room. The Malodeon cinema room enhances the quality of life for patients on the ward and gives them the opportunity to be able to socialise more too.
Activities on the ward include: art therapy, social inclusion, bingo, word searches, health promotion, current affairs, patient orientation, time line/life story book, music appreciation, relaxation therapy, life skills, budgeting, cooking, film club, cognitive stimulation therapy, social evenings, supported personal care, gardening group with the aim for market garden, input from resource on the ward and access to purpose built activity centre.
The ward is also in the process of developing pet therapy. A fish tank has been ordered for the ward and a dog is currently going through the assessment process.
Meal times on the ward are:
- Breakfast 8.00am - 8.30am
- Lunch 12.30pm
- Evening meal 5.00pm - 5.30pm.
These times are flexible.
Visiting times on Mallard Ward are:
- Monday to Friday: 6.00pm to 7.00pm
- Saturday and Sunday: 2.00pm to 4.00pm and 6.00pm to 7.00pm.
Again theses times are flexible if visitors travel long distance or have work commitments.