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 Park Crookham Unit Male PICU 11 Beds Berkshire
Thornford Park Curridge Ward Female PICU 10 Beds Berkshire
The Spinney Hulton Ward Male PICU 10 Beds Greater Manchester
Arbury Court Primrose Ward Female PICU 11 Beds Warrington, 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