Trevor Gibbens Unit

The Trevor Gibbens Unit provides medium secure care (assessment, treatment and rehabilitation) for men and women. The unit aims to offer a high quality service based on national strategies from the Department of Health and the Ministry of Justice.

The unit currently provides 65 beds.

We are also part of the Quality Network Peer Review for Forensic Services. The Quality Network for Forensic Mental Health Services reviews services against criteria, which have been developed from the Best Practice Guidance. As part of ongoing work with service improvement and delivery, the Trevor Gibbens Unit, part of this National audit cycle, has received excellent feedback.

Aims of the service

  • To offer local inpatient provision to Kent and Medway service users whose offending behaviour and mental health needs require that they are detained under the Mental Health Act in secure conditions. It will provide services for the county of Kent and there will be close liaison with local teams and local community mental health teams, to ensure a smooth transition for service users returning to the community. 
  • To provide care, treatment/rehabilitation and advice which is safe for service users, staff, and the public.
  • To ensure that care, treatment and advice is provided by skilled multidisciplinary teams and derived from evidence-based and best practice. 
  •  To ensure that detention is in the least restrictive environment possible for the individual in question according to their needs and the level of perceived risk.
  • To identify and work towards suitable care pathways for inpatients admitted to the service, by working in partnership with other health and social care agencies and providers.
  • To provide, where appropriate, statutory aftercare and liaison services for those who are discharged from the inpatient service to community or other mental health settings, working alongside secondary mental health services towards transfer of care back to local care teams.
  • To provide consultation to others working with service users who offend, or who may be at risk of offending.
  • To provide a service that is sensitive to gender and diversity issues.

Contact details

Trevor Gibbens Unit
Hermitage Lane
Maidstone
ME16 9PL

Tel: 01622 723100
Fax: 01622 723147

 

Admission Criteria to Medium Security

The Trevor Gibbens Unit will admit adults (male and female) over 18 years (in exceptional circumstances 16 to years and over 65 years) for assessment, treatment and rehabilitation, and who:

  • require that their detention under the Mental Heath Act 1983 is in conditions of security by reason of a history of significant offending behaviour (whether convicted or not)
  • and/or because they present a risk of causing harm to others or themselves.  

Referrals

Referrals should be made in writing and may come from general adult mental health services, Prison Inreach teams and other professionals involved in the care and management of clients.

Referrals will be considered at weekly multi-disciplinary referrals meetings and written communication of the outcome of discussion will be provided to the referrer.

Ward information

The Trevor Gibbens Unit is registered as a service providing medium secure care.  Each of the five wards provide a different level of service to meet patients needs:

Penshurst

Penshurst ward specialises in the assessment and treatment of adults with complex mental health needs who require care in a medium secure setting as a response to offending and/or challenging behaviour.

Penshurst ward is the acute ward and has 15 beds. Four of these are for people who require intensive care support due to their challenging behaviour

Groombridge

Groombridge ward specialises in the assessment and treatment of adults with complex mental health needs who require care in a medium secure setting as a response to offending and/or challenging behaviour.

Groombridge ward has 12 beds for men and is a sub acute ward. 

Emmetts

Emmetts ward specialises in the assessment and treatment of adults with complex mental health needs who require care in a medium secure setting as a response to offending and/or challenging behaviour.

Emmetts ward has 16 beds for men and is a rehabilitation ward.

Walmer

Walmer ward specialises in the assessment and treatment of adults with complex mental health needs who require care in a medium secure setting as a response to offending and/or challenging behaviour.

Walmer ward has 12 beds for women and is an acute and rehabilitation ward.

Bedgebury

Bedgebury ward specialises in the assessment and treatment of adults with complex mental health needs who require care in a medium secure setting as a response to offending and/or challenging behaviour

Bedgebury ward has six beds for men and four beds for women and is a pre-discharge ward.

Lakeside Lounge Cafe

The Lakeside Lounge Café at the TGU is a vocational rehabilitation project providing invaluable work experience for the service users at the TGU. It opened in July 2012 and is now successfully running five days a week.

Visit the Lakeside Lounge Cafe page.

Carer Support Worker

Find out about the Carer Support Worker at the TGU.