Who is our service for?
The Macarthur Centre Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)supports adult males with severe mental health conditions, who need a short period of intensive care to reduce risk to themselves and others and enable them to return safely to a mainstream mental health ward.
The purpose of the PICU service is to provide patient-centred multi-disciplinary care in a safe therapeutic environment for individuals who are detained under the Mental Health Act. We provide an intensive level of intervention in order to respond rapidly to an individual’s needs.
Individuals may be referred to our service when they first become unwell, or if their condition worsens during a hospital admission.
How do we help?
The Macarthur Centre is a newly opened, purpose built centre made to low secure standards. It offers an exceptionally high standard of accommodation providing a safe therapeutic environment with light and spacious living areas and activity rooms. We place the needs of each patient at the centre of our care process and design an individual package of support, interventions and treatments. In order to identify these needs and levels of risk, we carry out an assessment, covering the following aspects:
• Psychological needs
• Physical needs
• Spiritual needs
• Social needs
• Occupational / functional needs
From the moment an individual arrives at the centre our aim is to develop a care pathway that links to appropriate community agencies and supports them to move onto a less secure environment as quickly as possible.
The team at the Centre includes a Consultant Psychiatrist, a psychologist, specialist mental health nurses and support workers, occupational therapists, and physical activity instructors. Care and therapy is focussed on a model of recovery which emphasises the maintenance of relationships with family and friends and promotes choice and independence. Staff respect and incorporate the views of service users, carers and each other, alongside those of all other agencies involved in a client’s care.
Who can refer into our service?
The Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s PICU service welcomes referrals from all mental healthcare providers, commissioners, or healthcare organisations.
If you wish to use our services please contact the ward on 0121 612 8530 and one of our staff will assist you.
At the start of the referral process, you will be required to complete a referral form and fax this to the ward. This referral will be reviewed to ensure that the presenting clinical need satisfies our service criteria. We will then contact you to arrange transfer to the ward. The team recognises and understands that referrals may come at crisis point, and will require a prompt and timely response. We aim to respond to all referrals as quickly as possible – usually within 4 hours.