The Orchard Unit
St Bernard’s Site
The Orchard Unit is a female only 60 bedded unit comprising of six wards. It was built in 2007 and is located at the St Bernard’s Site in Ealing.
The Orchard aims to provide high quality, gender sensitive care for women in a secure setting. Women’s Secure Services reflect the essential differences in women’s social and offending profiles; their mental distress and complex patterns of behaviour; and their specific care and treatment needs. Care is based on effective MDT working and underpinned by the principles of the Recovery Model.
The unit comprises Women’s Enhanced Medium Secure Services (WEMSS), Medium Secure Services, and Low Secure Services.
WEMSS is a national service which provides 20 beds for the catchment area of England. The remaining 40 beds for Medium and Low secure Women’s Services are provided for the local catchment and North London Partnership area.
The service has a clinical focus on those who suffer from mental illness and/or personality disorder, with a high threshold for admission due to the need to use limited resources most effectively. Service user and carer involvement is key in women progressing through the care pathway and the service is working closely with NHSE colleagues as part of a national programme to improve services.