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Pathfinder service

What we do
The primary focus of the Pathfinder service is to provide support to service users with a primary diagnosis of personality disorder who meet the criteria for detention under the Mental Health Act and are within, or meet the criteria for admission to, secure services.

The service provides assessment, consultation, training, indirect and direct work with service users to help them access effective and timely treatment. Pathfinder also helps to reduce the use of out of area or specialist personality disorder placements for patients with a primary diagnosis of personality disorder, and to support/facilitate the use of South West Network beds for these patients where possible.  Additionally the Pathfinder Service holds a gatekeeping role for admission into secure services for those with a primary diagnosis of personality disorder.

The Pathfinder team provides a peninsula wide service to include Cornwall, Devon and the Isles of Scilly who may have placements in local services but may have been transferred out of their home area to hospitals across the country. The service provides tertiary support to service users already care coordinated by secure hospital teams or by local community care coordinators upon transition from secure care to the community. The Pathfinder service actively collaborates with partner agencies.

The service is not designed to offer crisis or acute care, however we will endeavor to provide a timely response dependent on prioritisation.