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Departments

Inpatient Services

The VPU Inpatient Unit is an integrated specialist service offering assessment and appropriate ongoing treatment by a multidisciplinary team, including psychologists, consultant psychiatrists, psychiatric registrars, nursing staff, an occupational therapist, a clinical psychologist, and social worker. Sessional clinicians, including dieticians, physiotherapists, neuro-psychologists, and medical registrars, also support the Unit.

Through a multidisciplinary, holistic treatment model, providing both individual and group-based treatment interventions, admissions are designed to target symptoms and impairments associated with trauma-related mental health conditions.

Specific interventions include substance misuse rehabilitation, and anger, depression and anxiety management. In addition, an extensive range of programs are offered to individuals while on the Unit, including:

  • Trauma Focused Group Treatment;
  • Healthy Living Skills Group;
  • Creative Workshops;
  • Relaxation Group;
  • Exercise Group;
  • Social Outing Group;
  • Hydrotherapy;
  • Current Affairs Discussion Group;
  • Communication Skills Group; and,
  • External Activities Program.

Where an inpatient admission is indicated, the VPU Senior Registrar undertakes an in-depth, telephone-based assessment followed by a comprehensive face-to-face assessment. This assessment forms the basis of early inpatient treatment, and is subject to ongoing review and revision throughout the course of the duration of the individual's stay on the Unit to ensure that the best possible outcomes are achieved for and with the individual.