Bowman Low Secure Unit
The men who receive treatment on bowman unit have severe and enduring mental health problems and often have a history of psychiatric care. Because of their challenging behaviour, these men are unable to receive the support they need in a less restrictive environment.
Bowman provides a homely environment for the men who can be residents for up to two years. The men have their own gym, a recreation room, with a pool table, access to bicycles and kayacking as well as a therapeutic garden. The staff provide treatment, therapy and lifeskills to help prepare the men to return to life in the community.
Strong relationships have been established with the local community. This allows the men to be offered the opportunity to participate in a range of social activities. For example, a number of the men have enrolled on courses run by local colleges. This can help them to achieve their long term goals which may include getting a job.
Bowman works very closely with our rehabilitation service, Fettle House and our psychiatric intensive care unit, Harvest.
Referrals to the unit are usually made by a professional within the psychiatric service. The very specialist nature of the unit means it is unable to take self-referrals or referrals from GPs.
Links to information
Our leaflet, Bowman Unit: information for families and carers provides more information. Listen to our podcast to take an audio tour.