Primary intensive care unit (PICU)

Our psychiatric intensive care service (PICU) provides acute, inpatient support for service users with a wide range of backgrounds, including:

  • Adults with severe mental illness and high risk behaviours
  • Mild to moderate learning disabilities in association with mental illness
  • Detained patients

The Team

Our psychiatric intensive care service is led by skilled clinicians and staff who provide tailored care pathways for individual service users and support for their families:

  • Consultant psychiatrists
  • Advanced nurse practitioner
  • Nursing clinical leaders 
  • Nurse therapists
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists 
  • Ward managers
  • Modern matrons   
  • Specialist dieticians
  • Pharmacists
  • Phlebotomists

Therapies and support

Our aspirations are to ensure that individuals remain in PICU for the minimum amount of time required to meet their clinical needs. Following assessment, if an individual does require care in our service they will benefit from psychosocial and specialised nursing interventions.

When our clinical experts identify that a service user no longer requires the high level support of the PICU, they will be relocated into an appropriate less restrictive environment. Therapies and support include:

  • Specialist risk assessment using risk management aids such as CARSO and HCR 20
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Safe Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Brief therapy solution focused therapy
  • Physical health assessment
  • Smoking cessation
  • Nutritional assessment
  • Advocacy
  • Spiritual care

How to access this service

Age range

18 - 65

Referral Routes

Other agencies
Social worker


Bipolar affective disorder

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Telephone number


Opening Times

Out of Hours

01244 397301 (24 hours)

How to find us

Bowmere Hospital

We provide a number of services within this location.

Millbrook Unit

We provide a number of services within this location.


Springview is our mental health inpatient unit based at Clatterbridge Health Park on the Wirral.

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