Low Secure Unit

The low secure unit provides support and treatment for males aged 18+ who are detained under the Mental Health Act who have associated public protection issues. Some of the service users are detained under forensic sections and are either ascending or descending the secure pathway. The unit aims to provide specialist rehabilitation underpinned by a philosophy of recovery and whole life principles, including addressing issues related to persistent and/or serious offending behaviour.

At times the unit can appear loud and disturbed, there may be occasions when students witness incidents of both verbal and physical aggression and self-harm.

Key learning opportunities/skills development

  • Gaining an understanding of signs and symptoms of mental ill health and how they are treated.
  • Holistic assessment of needs, including the assessment of risk.
  • Gaining an understanding of provision of basic nursing care including admission, assessment and discharge process.
  • Planning and implementation of care, including the management of risk.
  • Clinical decision making.
  • Understanding of the Mental Health Act.
  • Communication and MDT working.
  • Medication management.
  • Record keeping.