Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (PICUs)

Our Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (PICUs) provide 24 hour support, intensive assessment and stabilisation for service users suffering from an acute mental health episode.

Who we treat

The typical service user profile is;

Men & Women aged 18+

Detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007)

Experiencing difficulties that present a risk to the wellbeing of themselves or others that cannot be treated in an open environment


Diagnoses may include:

  • Acute mental illness
  • Acute depressive illness
  • Psychosis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Dual diagnosis

Service users may also present with substance misuse and self-harm issues.

What we do

Our Psychiatric Intensive Care Units are 24 hour services which provide assessment, stabilisation, care and support within the least restrictive environment. All of our PICU services have high staffing ratios and a secure physical environment to ensure that the service users are fully supported in their recovery.

Service users are often referred whilst in a crisis, and will often present with very complex needs and increased risks that compromise their physical or psychological wellbeing, or that of others. Our dedicated Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) work in partnership with service users, their families and the referrer to provide a seamless pathway from referral to discharge as soon as it is safe to do so.

Our staff members have a vast amount of experience in managing high levels of risk, whilst supporting service users to start their recovery.

Care and treatment in our PICU services is based around pharmacology in the management of risk and challenging behaviour. Our staff deliver compassionate care to support service users with their feelings and emotions.

We endeavour to respond to referrals as quickly as possible, with a turnaround time of two hours from the point of referral to making a final decision.

PICU Beds Available

Thornford ParkCrookham UnitMale PICU11 BedsBerkshire
Thornford ParkCurridge WardFemale PICU10 BedsBerkshire
The SpinneyHulton WardMale PICU10 BedsGreater Manchester
Arbury CourtPrimrose WardFemale PICU11 BedsWarrington, Cheshire

PICU Beds Available

SITEThornford Park
WARDCrookham Unit
BEDS11 Beds
SITEThornford Park
WARDCurridge Ward
BEDS10 Beds
SITEThe Spinney
WARDHulton Ward
BEDS10 Beds
LOCATIONGreater Manchester
SITEArbury Court
WARDPrimrose Ward
BEDS11 Beds
LOCATIONWarrington, Cheshire

How to make a referral

For further information or to discuss a potential referral to one of our acute mental health units, please dial our 24 hr referral line on 0800 218 2398.

Alternatively, please e-mail

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