Approach to treatment

Priory offers flexible yet proactive packages of care for service users along their own journeys towards reducing risky behaviours and increasing self-care and resilience to live more independent lifestyles. We work with service users to maximise their engagement in line with the Mental Health Act 1983, NICE guidelines for mental health and the ‘No Health Without Mental Health’ outcomes strategy. This approach is underpinned by compassionate care and an ethos of safe and swift recovery, using tools such as the Recovery Star and My Shared Pathway. Should it be an agreed component of a service user’s care, we also incorporate positive behaviour support alongside our consultants’ therapeutic interventions – enabling service users to be active determinants of their care.

The Care Programme Approach provides the opportunity for us to review (at least every three months) the individual goals, outcomes and progress based on their defined treatment objectives. Working well in conjunction with the wider community and multi-disciplinary teams is an important component of our model. Specialist clinicians from the Priory site delivering the treatment therefore agree objectives alongside the individual, their family, carers and other community healthcare professionals, such as commissioners. We encourage the individual to be actively involved in designing their own care pathway, so that we are able to meet their specific needs and requests most effectively.

Priory’s stepped-care pathway provides seamless access into higher or lower acuity treatment to reflect the service user’s changing needs as they progress towards recovery. Service users’ care programmes may incorporate a diverse range of psychotherapies, including psycho-educational, cognitive behavioural and creative, in order to best facilitate an individual’s road to a better quality of life.

Service user care plans, focused on quality of life goals, exist to stabilise and mitigate psychotic presentations, whilst supporting them in the most compassionate manner to facilitate improved mental and physical wellbeing. Clinical interventions will – as part of our model – help service users to manage symptoms and their medication whilst improving their coping strategies. These will be complemented by individually-tailored activity programmes – which the occupational therapist will design to focus on engaging the service user and facilitating practical skills development; e.g. cooking, using the bath, accessing the community, creative ability and building relationships with others.

A key facet of our service delivery is to identify, manage and mitigate triggers for relapse which contributes to personal insight work and self-management. Through focusing on relapse prevention and insight, Priory’s multi-disciplinary teams help service users understand the connection between medication concordance, developing life skills, good physical health and wellbeing; whilst reducing symptoms and increasing good mental health and the prospects of independent living. In addition to making links about why someone may have relapsed in the past, we look to the future and co-design wellness and recovery action plans with service users.

Priory can adjust interventions, communication strategies and service environments to best support individuals also presenting with neurodevelopmental diagnoses – to ensure that those with these diagnoses are treated with the same compassionate, person-centred care that they should expect.

For further information on the full range of Priory services, please call: 0845 277 4679. For professionals looking to make a referral, please click here.