Devon ward

Devon ward is an intensive care unit and provides 16 male beds for patients who need more complex care.

Contact details


Devon Ward (formerly Avon ward)
Chase Farm Hospital
The Ridgeway

Ward Manager:Samantha Palmer
Consultant: Dr Maria Ivanov


Main Tel: 020 8702 4081

Visiting Hours:

Monday to Friday 5:30 - 7pm

Weekends and Bank holidays 2pm – 4pm and 5:30 - 7pm

Other visiting times can be arranged with prior agreement from nursing staff.

Who we are

This team is made up of doctors, community psychiatric nurses, social workers (approved social workers), psychologists, occupational therapists.

What we offer

We provide assessment, care and treatment for people whose behaviour is such that they cannot be managed in a less secure setting. Care and treatment is provided in a secure and structured environment with the aim of preventing violent, disturbed or offending behaviours. Service users develop a sense of social responsibility and self-control, helping the individual to understand the reason for their current difficulties and develop alternative socially acceptable behaviour.

Avon ward provides the following:

  • A person centred individual programme of care.
  • Admission under the provision of the mental health act 1993 as amended by the mental health act 2007.
  • A care program approach/ section 117 process involving the patient, referrers and carers.
  • A comprehensive risk assessment and management process.
  • An extensive range of therapeutic, occupational and recreational opportunities.
  • An environment where service users can address their problems in a safety and with dignity.
  • On-going / continuous assessment, which meets the needs of service user through their transition/progression to discharge with outcome measures in place.

  • Provision of care in line with the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Code of Practice 2007.     

Who is the service for

Devon ward is part of the acute service pathway for all patients within Barnet, Enfield and Haringey. Devon ward is a 16 bedded, psychiatric intensive care unit based in Chase Farm Hospital and is part of Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust.

Devon ward is a locked ward and admission is restricted to service users detained under the 1983 mental health act as amended by the mental health act 2007, and living in the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey catchment area.

What are the next stages to recovery

When an inpatient no longer requires PICU they will be transferred back to acute wards.  Staff will then work with patients to facilitate discharge at the earliest opportunity. Home treatment teams will provide additional support to patients after discharge, alongside the care coordinator.

How you can access our service

Referrals come from Acute Wards such as Dorset, Suffolk and Sussex Wards which are based at the Chase Farm Hospital . Also from other wards based in Haringey at St Ann’s hospital and in  Barnet (Springwell) and Edgware Community Hospital. 

Referrals can also come from the Home Treatment Team and the Early Intervention Service. 

Sometimes referrals also come from prisons and regional secure units, following assessment by North London Forensic Service.

Referrals are also accepted via the Court Diversion Scheme.