The Acorn Centre is a 16 bed unit for men, with all single ensuite bedrooms. The purpose of the unit is to facilitate rehabilitation for people with complex mental health needs, working alongside each person to develop their strengths. Staff work alongside individuals in three broad ways:
- treatment – offering evidence based interventions to promote physical and psychological wellness
- prevention – working on early warning signs and relapse prevention planning
- rehabilitation – building skills with the individual in areas such as the tasks of daily living, learning, social or work environments.
The centre seeks to build strong links with individuals’ local communities.
Service users in Acorn are supported to consider their physical as well as mental health and will have access to ongoing screening and support to manage their physical health as independently as possible.
Rehabilitation can take time. Length of stay is individualised and can take up to around 18 months to two years to support discharge into the community.
How to access
Individuals are accepted into Acorn on the basis of a multi-disciplinary assessment and discussion with commissioners.
Maintaining links with family, friends and carers is an important part of supporting someone’s rehabilitation and staff will work closely with everyone involved in an individuals’ care. Visiting is encouraged as well as involvement in regular reviews.
Published: 3rd November 2015
A day in the life of an Occupational Therapist working with patients with complex mental health