The Dene

Gatehouse LaneGoddards GreenHassocksWest SussexBN6 9LE

Tel.01444 231 000


The Dene

The Dene Hospital is a specialist hospital providing secure services for women with mental illnesses and/or personality disorders including both medium and low secure care environments. The hospital also has two high dependency units, one male and one female, and an acute male only service.

Our expertise enables us to support patients with a high level of risk and challenging behaviours including women with high risks of self-harming behaviour and people who may require a period of stabilisation achieved through high dependency care or acute care depending on their diagnosis.

Our approach

Our clinical programmes focus on:

  • Rehabilitation on-site and in the community, including programmes that are specifically focused on treating offending and challenging behaviours, and minimising the risk to self and others
  • Building skills to increase independence to promote people stepping down to care in the least restrictive setting, appropriate to their health

We also offer substance misuse and addictions treatments.

Treatment programmes are run on a 12-week rotation but with high flexibility so that we can meet the ever-changing needs of each of our patients or residents. The multidisciplinary team (MDT) meet with the patients regularly to identify their needs, assess engagement levels and whether a group or 1:1 approach is best in each person's case.

Each patient has a recovery/interest checklist which helps them to select from the activities and groups that are available, in a 1:1 session with a member of the occupational therapy team. These then play a part in timetable development.

Therapeutic sessions include but are not limited to:

  • Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT)
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Schema therapy
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Anger management
  • Trauma treatment
  • Family therapy and support
  • Physical healthcare programme and education
  • Creative activity as therapy
  • Compassion focused therapy (CFT)
  • Mindfulness
  • Coping skills group
  • Offence related therapy (arson, sexualised behaviour)
  • Relapse prevention
  • Problem solving
  • Art psychotherapy

Our Services

Fees and Funding

Referrals & Admissions

This service is suitable for:

  • Men and women who are age 18 or over
  • Those who have a mental illness and/or a personality disorder
  • Those who have been detained under the Mental Health Act or informal patients 
  • Presenting with complex and challenging behaviours relating to complex mental health disorders
  • May have history of offending or self-harming behaviours
  • Have often had a history of failed or difficult placement and would benefit from a period of rehabilitation in a patient-centred, recovery-focused secure environment
  • Requiring a bespoke treatment pathway
  • Often presenting with treatment-resistant mental health disorders
  • Require rehabilitation to acquire skills for independent or supported living in the community 

More Info

We provide real work opportunities which aim to identify job-specific skills, strengths and experience, develop job-acquisition skills to take on an in-house real work opportunity, give appraisals and reviews and identify roles and employment opportunities outside the hospital setting.

The hospital is spacious, purpose-built and set in attractive grounds in a rural setting but with good links to local amenities. The hospital offers clinical therapy, physical exercise, education and meaningful activity for patients and residents.

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