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Psychiatry - Onsite Consultant

Thistle Manor's Consultant Psychiatrist will regularly review residents and assess:


  • Symptoms and Illness

  • Medication (including recommendations regarding Clozapine)

  • Physical Health (in conjunction with the local GP)

  • Risks Care Plans

  • Treatment goals

  • Pathway

  • Capacity

  • Mental Health Act Status

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Clinical Psychology
Clinical Psychology - Onsite Consultant

The Clinical Psychology service at Thistle Manor is a consultant-led integrated service that enables residents to have access to psychological treatment and care onsite. The service focuses upon delivery of the psychological component of rehabilitation and recovery.


This service has four main components:


  1. Psychological Assessment of Mental Health, cognitive functioning, personality, autistic spectrum conditions, motivation, and emotional, social and interpersonal functioning;

  2. Case Formulation and MDT Care Planning. This informs the MDT which treatment and care actions are needed to facilitate change, growth and recovery towards greater independence;

  3. Psychological Treatment and MDT Case Review. There is a range of theoretical approaches available, informed by cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), and compassion-focused therapy interventions;

  4. Staff Support through Reflective Practice and CPD.

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Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy

Thistle Manor’s full-time Occupational Therapist (OT) will assess and support a resident in developing and maintaining skills such as:


  • Domestic Activities: Cooking, shopping, cleaning their environment and laundry;

  • Self Care: Personal Care and hygiene;  

  • Responsibilites: Finances, budgeting and social commitments (i.e appoinments, hobbies, work); 

  • Accessing the Community: Use of public transport and awareness of environmental hazards;

  • Social Skills: Improving confidence and social interaction;

  • Educational and Work Related: Pursuing college courses, seeking employment or voluntary roles within Thistle Manor and the wider community. 

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - Onsite Consultant

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an evidence based treatment which helps an individual to understand how their thoughts influence their mood, physical well being and behaviour.  It is recommended by NICE for the treatment of Depression, Anxiety, PTSD and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder


CBT is used on a 1:1 basis at Thistle Manor to help residents who are experiencing symptoms of:


  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Bi polar disorder

  • Schizophrenia

  • Psychosis

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder


It is also used to help residents struggling to manage unhelpful or maladaptive behaviour such as anger, changes to sleep patterns, drug and alcohol misuse (CBit),  problems with self esteem and behavioural difficulties.


Every individual admitted to Thistle Manor is assessed regarding their suitability for CBT. This includes an individual’s motivation to change and their ability to work within a structured therapeutic framework.

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Therapeutic Art
Therapeutic Art - Onsite Consultant

These workshops are informal, relaxed and all residents are encouraged to engage. These sessions are run by our onsite tutor who has experience and qualifications in providing person-centred Art Therapy. Residents are free to work at their own pace and attend for as long as they wish.


The benefits of therapeutic art are:


  • Individuals can gain to confidence and self esteem;

  • It develops and maintains existing skill sets;

  • It helps individuals to develop further self awareness;

  • It introduces structure and develops routines;

  • It increased levels of concentration;

  • Prevention or reduction in the chances of relapse.

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Activity Team
Activity Team

The activities team at Thistle Manor consists of a group of highly skilled practitioners including a qualified teacher, who works closely with the Occupational Therapist and the rest of the team.


We adopt a holistic approach and therefore offer a wide range of activities to suit all ages and abilities. Some of our activities are seasonal and all activities are changeable because we respond to residents’ needs and preferences.







Card Making

Card Making

Bird Boxes and Bug Hotels

Bird Boxes and Bug Hotels

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We encourage residents to get involved, providing opportunities for individuals to work independently and cooperatively.


They may wish to rekindle interests, improve skills, learn something new or find an interest that helps them to relax and take their mind off worries and cares.


Our aim is to build confidence and self-esteem and develop social and problem solving skills in a positive, friendly environment.


We also offer a programme of workshops, involving members of the care team who wish to share their hobby or interest with our residents. These have proved to be very successful.

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