Priory Kemple View
Kemple View is a 90-bedded service catering to the treatment needs of male patients with a mental illness and/or personality disorder, maximising their opportunity for recovery, rehabilitation and independent living. The site is made up of:
- Arkwright Ward – 10-bedded low secure unit
- Elmhusrt Ward – 19-bedded low secure unit
- Kenton Ward – 11-bedded low secure unit
- Wainwright Ward – 16-bedded low secure unit
- Hawthorn Ward – 15-bedded rehabilitation unit
- Oakwood Ward – 19-bedded rehabilitation unit
This hospital also has a dedicated and purpose-built ward offering a low secure, specialist service for patients over the age of 50. This patient group may require more care in relation to their physical healthcare, complex psychiatric needs and where required, mobility and daily living aids.
The hospital provides specialist forensic rehabilitation. This is relevant for patients who are stepping down from a higher level of security. The focus is on the patient’s forensic risks, providing a safe transition to community living.
Kemple View offers a variety of bespoke, award winning, evidence-based therapies to patients including:
- Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT)
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Offence-focused interventions, for example specifically developed programmes to address sexual offending behaviour
All therapies can be delivered in groups or on an individual basis, and are tailored to patients with mental disorders and differing cognitive profiles, to ensure that responsivity issues are accounted for.
Lack of motivation and lack of insight are specifically identified as a focus for therapy rather than a barrier to it. We offer an evidence-based individualised treatment approach including the holistic integrated treatment model for mental disorder and substance misuse, and work for patients with cognitive impairments and a range of interpersonal difficulties.
Kemple View is a recovery-focused service and our occupational therapy team has a specific focus on the development and establishment of functional skills ranging from:
- Promoting independence in personal care tasks
- Developing optimum competence in more complex tasks such as managing a budget or engaging in work type occupations
- Providing access to a wide range of community-based voluntary experiences, supported work and recreational activities
These therapeutic interventions are delivered within a facilitating environment, using positive psychological approaches to ensure effective learning and behavioural change. Graded exposure work and community skills practice enables patients to generalise their learning into real-life community settings. This occurs in a framework of effectively assessed and managed risk, developing hope and optimism.
Association for Psychological Therapies (APT) Awards for Excellence in DBT
The DBT team at Kemple View has won the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT) Awards for Excellence in DBT.
DBT is a type of psychological treatment that is derived from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and has been specifically tailored to help people who experience very intense emotions. The goal of DBT is to help patients learn to manage their difficult emotions by letting themselves experience, recognise and accept them. As they learn to accept and regulate their emotions, they become able to change their behaviour.
Dr Sophie Davies, APT’s Director of Governance and Evidence-Based Practice, said of Kemple View’s DBT offering: “We loved the examples of encouraging the mastery of skills such as the ‘skill of the week’ and maintenance sessions, and of course the feedback from patients and their instilled hope for the future and managing things differently.”
A patient said: “I feel that I have gained a lot from DBT and will continue to use what I see as life-changing skills which will hopefully give me a better chance in my future. I’m not actually sure what that is but I feel less lost and more positive about it.”
Priory is ready to take emergency placements 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for adult acute mental health, adult eating disorders, CAMHS and PICU. To make a referral please call us on