Beckfield – Patient Information Leaflet

This leaflet will provide you with useful information for your stay on Beckfield, a 14 bed psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU) at Hopewood Park.

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  • Introduction

    This leaflet provides you with information that you will find useful during your stay. If you are not sure about anything in this leaflet please ask a member of staff.

  • What is Beckfield?

    Beckfield is a 14 bed Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) based at Hopewood Park, Sunderland.

    A Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is a type of psychiatric inpatient ward. These wards are always locked, the entry and exit is controlled by the nursing staff.

  • Who is it for?

    The service is for men and women over the age of 18 years detained under The Mental Health Act (1983) who are experiencing a relapse or crisis and require a period of intensive secure care until they can return to an open inpatient unit.

  • Why do I need to be here?

    For a comprehensive assessment and treatment of your mental health care needs, which cannot happen at home.

  • Arriving on Beckfield

    When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of the care team. They will explain what will happen during your stay and give you information.

    A Welcome Pack is available with more information about your stay in hospital. Please ask ward staff for a copy if this is not given to you on admission.

  • How long will I be here?

    The length of stay depends upon your personal needs. The care team will discuss this with you.

  • What sort of things can I do at Beckfield?

    Your care plan may include a range of treatment approaches including medications, psychological interventions, help with your activities of daily living and looking at your overall health and wellbeing.

  • Interpreters

    Staff can arrange an interpreter if you need one.

  • Travel information

    Contact Nexus Traveline: Tel: 0871 200 22 33


  • What if I have a comment, suggestion, compliment or complaint about the service?

    If you want to make a comment, suggestion, compliment or complaint you can:
    • talk to the people directly involved in your care
    • ask a member of staff for a feedback form, or complete a form on the Trust website (click on the ‘Contact Us’ tab)
    • telephone the Complaints Department 0191 245 6672
    • email [email protected] Please note that information sent to the Trust via email is sent at your own risk.

    We are always looking at ways to improve services. Your feedback allows us to monitor the quality of our services and act upon issues that you bring to our attention.

    You can provide feedback in the following ways:
    – the quickest way for you to do this is to complete our short online survey at
    – complete a Points of You survey, available from staff

  • Useful contacts

    PALS – Patient Advice and Liaison Service
    Provides confidential advice and support for service users, relatives and carers.
    Tel: 0800 328 4397
    or 0191 566 7074
    Independent Advocacy
    As a mental health service user you are entitled to independent advocacy. Advocates can provide unbiased advice, attend meetings with you and make sure your views are listened to. A member of staff can also help you and provide you with contact telephone numbers.
    ICA (Independent Complaints Advocacy) Independent Complaints Advocacy (ICA) supports patients and their carers wishing to pursue a complaint about their NHS treatment or care. Tel: 0808 802 3000
    IMCA Service (Independent Mental Capacity Advocate Service) Help vulnerable people who lack capacity who are facing important decisions made by the NHS and Local Authorities about serious medical treatment and changes of residence – for example, moving to a hospital or care home. Tel: 0191 510 5051
    Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust Tel: 0191 246 6800
    Patient and Carer Engagement Team Tel: 01670 501 816
    Sunderland Carers’ Centre Tel: Tel: 0191 549 3768

  • For further information contact

    Hopewood Park
    SR2 0NB
    Tel: 0191 566 7010

    Public phone box Tel: 0191 566 7014

  • Other formats, references and review

    Further information about the content or production of this leaflet can be obtained from the Patient Information Centre. If you would like to tell us what you think about this leaflet please get in touch.
    This information can be made available in a range of formats on request (eg Braille, audio, larger print, BSL, easy read or other languages). Please contact the Patient Information Centre Tel: 0191 246 7288

    Published by the Patient Information Centre
    2020 Copyright, Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
    Ref, PIC/456/0823 August 2023 V8 Tel: 0191 246 7288
    Review date 2026