Heathcotes celebrates first Personality Disorder transition


Heathcotes Group had cause for celebration this month when a resident at one of its specialist personality disorder treatment centres completed her treatment programme and transitioned into independent living provision. 

Having previously spent many years living in a Low Secure Hospital, AD was the first resident to move into Heathcotes’ Hembrigg Park services in Morley, which opened 12 months ago to provide support for individuals with Emotional Unstable Personality Disorders and Mild Learning Disabilities. She had been through some very difficult times and found it hard to trust others and maintain close and stable relationships. One year on, AD has made excellent progress and has now started a new chapter in her life with a move into one Heathcotes’ Independent Supported Living apartments in nearby Wakefield.

AD’s recovery was assisted by a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) programme and daily activities which included Mindful exercises, cooking, cleaning, walking, baking and distraction skills to help her to manage her emotions better. A gradual increase in unescorted leave has enabled AD to develop her independence and, by the time she was ready to move out, she had almost unlimited unescorted leave to enjoy shopping, going to bingo and people watching in the town centre.  AD has learned to value herself and recognise, express and regulate her emotions. She has formed strong friendships with other people at Hembrigg Park and staff described AD as more confident, more emotionally aware and also a little mischievous! 

Brendan Kelly, Managing Director at Heathcotes, said: “The Heathcotes approach to care is focused on helping our service users to complete a transition into a more independent setting. It’s always a cause for celebration for the whole Group when they achieve it and this occasion is especially notable as AD is the first resident to do so from one of our specialist services for individuals with personality disorders.  We were all very proud when AD moved into her new self-contained apartment. Congratulations and well done, AD!”

Sarah Chappell, Hembrigg Park Support Worker, reflected on AD’s journey:  “I can remember how anxious and reclusive AD was at first but she began to blossom, started baking again and became the joker of the home! I will miss you AD, but you need to know how proud we all are. You have been a pleasure to support.”

Peter Burbidge, Heathcotes’ Lead Clinical Psychologist, added: “AD has seen the service grow around her and she has grown with the service. She has worked really hard throughout the last year and she is ready to move on to the next stage of her recovery.”


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