Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

PICU is a 14 bedded, mixed sex, purpose built Psychiatric Intensive Care service.

The Unit

Psychiatric Intensive Care is offered to service users who are compulsorily detained and require treatment in low secure conditions during an acutely disturbed phase of serious mental disorder.

Within PICU all aspects of health, including physical health, social care needs and risk are jointly assessed by the multi-disciplinary team.  Treatment and care is then planned with the service user within the Care Programme Approach. Risk assessments and management plans are an integral part of this. As well as the nursing and medical staff we also have a psychologist, occupational therapist, a visiting pharmacist and chaplaincy intervention.

The PICU is a member of the National Association of Psychiatric Intensive and Low Secure Units (NAPICU).