Ballington House is a 13 bed mental health rehabilitation hospital that provides services for women with complex mental health needs.
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Model of Care
Ballington House offers a unique model that combines Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) with Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT). PBS enables patients to understand the function of their behaviours and adds the ability to share that with others in their lives, thus reducing maladaptive coping mechanisms and the likelihood of potential incidents. CFT has a focus on nurturance and compassion and supports patients to become less critical and judgemental of themselves and others.
The combination of the two models helps break down the threat system that often prevents people moving on from services and aims to develop a true understanding of the function of
a person’s behaviour in order to develop effective support strategies.
The environment at Ballington House is a unique aspect of the service with care provided in one of six apartments which offer single and two person accommodation. The apartments create a domestic living environment that encourages people to be responsible for maintaining their own living space.
The apartments provide a structured, safe and private environment to help reinforce social boundaries.
In addition to the apartments, Ballington House has communal areas such as the conservatory to help the individual to socialise and forge relationships.
The women we support at Ballington House often have complex mental health and co-morbid conditions including:
- Mental-ill Health
- Learning Disability
- Personality Disorder – not necessarily formally diagnosed
- Substance misuse
Women may be referred who have histories of trauma, abuse and self-harm.