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W3 - Low Secure Forensic Unit


Low Secure Forensic Unit,Whitchurch Hospital, Cardiff CF14 7XB


Ms Sue Giltrap - Ward Manager  Telephone: 029 2033 6351

University Contact: 

Ms Nicola Evans

Position:Lecturer: Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Psychosocial Care
Ms Nicola Evans
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2091 7919Extension: 7919

Clinical Teacher Contact:

Bethan Bridges  Telephone: 029 2071 6387  Mobile: 07976 050132  Email:


Adult Acute Services / Low Secure:

Our Philosophy of Care

"To provide effective, individualised and evidence based care and treatment in the least restrictive environment and approach as possible".

West 3 is a 10 bedded unit with a male only client group. It assesses and treats individuals with mental health problems, eventually facilitating their return to the community with support from the forensic community team and other professionals.

The aim of the ward is to provide each client with an individual package of care along with current multi-disciplinary risk assessments and a named primary nurse system.

The unit follows a multi-disciplinary team approach incorporating the role of the primary nurse in liaison with the care co-ordinator. The MDT is made up of the following disciplines- Nursing staff, Social Workers, Medical staff, Community forensic nurses, Physiotherapists, Pharmacists, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists and the Fast team.
Assessments are usually carried out by the MDT, and individual treatment plans are formulated this way. Referrals are assessed by nursing staff and the medical team and then the client suitability is discussed in MDT meetings.

Clients are referred to west 3 from a variety of areas including the community forensic team, other wards based in Whitchurch Hospital, outpatient clinics, the prison service, probation and social services, courts, other hospitals, and the emergency assessment unit.

Staff on west 3 endeavour to provide the client group with up to date information on health education, and to create a therapeutic environment as far as is possible.
One to one nurse and patient meetings occur on a weekly basis and this also gives the patient the opportunity to discuss the relevant changes to their care and raise any issues that they may have.

Patients are encouraged to remain as responsible for their self-care and be as autonomous as is possible in the low secure setting, to actively participate in all aspects of their treatment.
Treatment is planned in as holistic approach as is possible given the restrictions of many patients mental health act status and is reviewed on a regular basis with the patient and the MDT.


Adults with mental health problems who have a history of offending behaviour or who pose a significant risk.

Key Learning Opportunities: 

• Assessment, care planning, reviews and evaluation of individual care.
• To familiarise yourself with CPA documentation.
• Risk assessing.
• Participate in report writing for and attending mental health tribunals and managers hearings.
• Attending CPA 117 meetings.
• Attending weekly ward rounds.
• Liaising with other agencies.
• Attending court.
• Attending referral meetings
• Attending assessments.
• Participating in ward groups – coffee mornings, substance misuse groups, relaxation, art, psycho education,  anger management, current affairs, music groups, photography, sports and social groups etc ...
• Discharge planning meetings.
• Spending time with Community Team, FAST team, Social work, and Court Liaison, OT department, In reach and Health care visit.

To participate in individual and group activities.

Preparation for Practice:

Attending MDT meetings weekly, plus tribunals, court hearings and assessments as available.
Learning about Sections of the MHA pertinent to the Criminal Justice System
Writing reports for tribunals/ manager’s hearings.
Organizing ward diary and staff.


Flexible shifts including: 07.30 - 20.30hrs, 12.00 - 20.30 hrs, 20.20 - 07.40hrs

Dress Code: 

Smart casual

Last Updated:

8th August 2013