Constance House is a female only Community Hospital service. The service specialises in referrals for women requiring learning disability and mental health support who have associated challenging behaviour and complex needs.
Many of the service users are stepping down from medium and low secure services, or have had several placement breakdowns or mental health relapses and require a period of stability to ensure robust plans are in place to manage their needs.
Alternatively, individuals may be coming through from young adults transition services and require a robust service to meet their challenging and complex needs.
Constance House hospital admits women aged 18 to 65.
The service is purpose-built and very homely in design. It has many safety features including secure doors, anti-ligature door handles and restricted windows, but provides a comfortable environment located in the very heart of the local community.
- There are 9 bedrooms, fully furnished with en-suite bathrooms and kitchenette facilities which provide service users with a rehabilitative environment.
- Additionally, there are two self-contained one-bedroom flats, ideal for skill-building and specialist support towards moving on to greater independence.
- The lounge/ diner, kitchen and activity rooms offer additional communal space and opportunities for independent living skill-building.
Local education centres and leisure facilities are within walking distance and the service has good public transport links, ensuring services users can participate fully in the local community in Enfield.
We follow the Care Programme Approach and provide an outcome focused care pathway detailing the person’s needs, positive goals and expected recovery time. This ensures that people are supported to develop their skills and move on to greater independence.
The specialist therapeutic team support service users through the transition of moving in to the hospital and provide ongoing assessment, intervention and support where required. The team includes a Responsible Clinician, GP, Named Nurse, Psychology Support Assistant, Speech and Language Therapy Assistant and Occupational Therapy Assistant. Our experienced staff receive a comprehensive training package including an eight-week induction, ongoing mandatory training plus advanced training, to promote the empowerment and rehabilitation of our service users.
Support is focused on interventions to support the service users’ communication, self-help skills, choice making and emotional coping skills. The service users are able to express their emotions and learn new coping mechanisms in a non-judgemental environment. Support from staff and the specialist therapeutic team enhances the service users’ insight into their mental health needs, helping to promote positive behaviours and reduce incidents of behaviour that challenges.
We are ambitious about what the individuals in our care can achieve and therefore focus on the positive goals and support required to achieve these. Our positive care pathway has supported 85% of service users to move on to residential and supported living placements.