UK Services

This page hosts resources and links to (non forensic) PD services in the UK. 

Please note, Trusts regularly update their websites, so some of the links will inevitably be broken. Please email when this is the case (form at foot of page), with the correct link if possible. 

Residential (Tier 4) personality disorder facilities funded by NHS England

These services are commissioned by NHS England, advised by a Clinical Reference Group. No funding is required from local CCG. Referral is normally by CMHT or Tier 3 PD service. Services may require review by Tier 3 service prior to referral to ensure local treatment is not more appropriate.

Cassel Hospital, West London Mental Health Trust – mixed gender hospital using a therapeutic community approach. 15 beds.

Garrow House, Northern Pathways – 12 bed women’s unit in York

Cygnet Health Care, Beckton, London – women’s unit using DBT. 17 beds.

New Dawn, Cygnet Health Care, Ealing, West London – women’s 9 bed unit using DBT.

Pathway Development, Leeds and York NHS Partnership Trust. This is a daycare project without residential facilities, working in close partnership with Garrow House.

Other national services not funded by NHS England (CCG or independent funding required)

Springbank Ward, Cambridge – women BPD unit, with some beds dedicated to national referrals. 

Elysium Healthcare. 

  • Hope House, Milton Keynes. ‘Hope House is a specialist Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) service for women, offering a fixed twelve-month therapy programme with strict adherence to the full DBT programme.
  • Potters Bar Clinic ‘offers a transitional service for specialist care that is specifically designed to support young women aged 18 to 25 who have a diagnosis of an emerging or personality disorder. Offers a pathway from CAMHS to improve the transition period through services to independence.’ Co-located with a CAMHS Tier 4 Low Secure service for young people aged 13 – 18 with emerging Personality Disorders.

St Andrews Hospital, Northampton – womens secure PD service

The Ansel Group, Nottingham – 24 bed secure mens service

The Priory Group has locations around the UK and takes referrals for PD. Index of women’s PD units (all using DBT) is here.

Pele Tower, Tyne and Wear. Part of Richmond Fellowship.

Partnerships in Care, various facilities around the country.

In York, The Kemp Unit treats patients who meet the diagnosis for Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and/or Dissociative Identity Disorder. This is a 10 bedded women’s unit. The Acorn Programme closed in April 2018. On 1st January 2019 the Kemp Unit changed ownership and is now managed by Schoen Clinic.

Cygnet Health Care – other inpatient personality disorder services.

Vision Mental Health Care – High dependency rehabilitation and specialist inpatient personality disorder service- Cornerstone house.

Community specialist NHS personality disorder services (Tier 3)

Note there are also community forensic PD services, often known as ‘Pathway’ services. The services listed below are not forensic (i.e. not for offenders). *services originally funded by the Department of Health are marked with a star.

‘5 Boroughs’: Warrington, St Helens, Wigan. Personality Disorder Hub. 

Berkshire: Berkshire has a personality disorder service known as ‘IMPACTT’, which uses outpatient MBT and DBT. The weblink went down in 2017 – best link is probably https://www.talkingtherapies.berkshire.nhs.uk/. Referral is via GP.

Birmingham: the community personality disorder service is part of specialist psychotherapies service

Buckinghamshire: Complex Needs Service

Cambridgeshire: PD community team, Springbank Ward, Lifeworks drop in (for latest news see here)

Cumbria: Mental health services (see news)

Devon: Personality disorder service (Exeter)

Dorset: Intensive Psychological Therapies Service, Branksome Clinic, Poole.

East Sussex: Thinking well

Essex: The Haven Project (see News)

Hull: Recovery/psychological intervention.

Kent: The Brenchley Unit (Maidstone, W Kent) and Ash Eton Community (Folkestone, E Kent)

Lancashire: Personality Disorder Network, Forensic Outreach Service

Leeds: Personality Disorder Managed Clinical Network

Leicestershire: Therapy Service for People with a Personality Disorder (TSPPD), part of the Psychological Therapies service. This  incorporates the longstanding 3 day Therapeutic Community PD service at Francis Dixon lodge, now moved to Gwendolen House, Leicester General Hospital , LE5 4QF , tel: 0116 295 2350. There is a service information leaflet here.

Lincolnshire: Sequoia Personality Disorder Service in Grimsby.

Liverpool: Rotunda

London

    • Haringey – ‘Halliwick Personality Disorder Pathway offering treatment to patients with Cluster B Personality Disorder. Treatment is either MBT, or SCM, and the Pathway operates as a multidisciplinary team.’
    • South London (The three boroughs PD service, serving Lambeth, Southward and Lewisham, based in Denmark Hill)

Manchester: Personality disorder services

Milton Keynes: Complex Needs Service (but see news section, service may have closed)

Newcastle upon Tyne: Personality disorder hub service ‘NTW121’

Northamptonshire: Number 63

NottinghamshirePersonality Disorder Treatment Service (no website). ‘A community service delivering individual assessments and group therapy programmes within the community to people with complex personality difficulties who are motivated towards making some changes and feel able to tolerate and make use of group interventions. The service covers the City and County of Nottinghamshire. Contact: Mandala Centre, Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham, NG7 6LB. 0115 876 0162

Oxfordshire: Complex Needs Service

Plymouth: Icebreak, for 16-22 year olds.

Warwickshire: DBT service (no website, referral seems to be via CMHT), *The Olive Tree Unit (Coventry, no website): Olive Tree Unit, Swanswell Point, Stoney Stanton Road, Coventry, CV1 4 FH, Tel: 024 7696 1266 Fax: 024 7696 1252 (no website)

West Sussex: Bluebell House day service and Lighthouse Recovery Support Service (Hove)

Yorkshire:

  • Bradford:  The Helios Centre (run by Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust) – a group therapy service offering psychological and occupational therapy groups to people with a diagnosis or traits of Borderline Personality Disorder. Address: Lynfield Mount Hospital, Heights Lane, Bradford   BD9 6DP. Tel: (01274) 363216, Fax: (01274) 363218. Referral is via a mental health professional either in the Primary Care Mental Health Service or a secondary service, do not accept G.P. referrals or self-referrals. Working Hours: Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 4.30pm

If your area is not listed, contact your GP or local mental health NHS Trust. Some CCG areas do not yet have a Tier 3 personality disorder service.

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