Day patient therapy

Patients may ‘step-down’ from inpatient treatment to join our day therapy programme. This process provides support in managing the transition from fully supported 24-hour hospital care, back to usual living arrangements within the community. Continuity is provided by the patient remaining under the care of their consultant psychiatrist.

Participation can be on a full or half-day basis and consists of either full days or half days of therapy sessions. In day therapy you take part in a group therapy programme. This can be for general psychiatry, addictions or eating disorders. Day therapy treatment involves a free assessment where a personalised programme will be devised between our coordinator and the patient.

Day therapy team

Our day therapy programmes and treatment are delivered by a dedicated multidisciplinary team which includes a day therapy coordinator, consultant psychiatrist and therapists who offer expertise and support.

Day therapy patients journey

After making the decision with your consultant to participate in a day therapy programme you will be contacted by the day therapy coordinator for a free assessment, usually lasting one hour. An individual programme will be developed with you. Your recommended programme might be full days, half days or groups and one to one therapy sessions.

Lengths of day therapy treatment

The length of the programme will depend on the nature and severity of the individual’s situation. The day therapy coordinator will review your progress during the programme and any changes to your therapy care plan can be made. A convenient start date will be arranged with you and you will be shown the facilities.

What to expect of day therapy

The recommended day therapy programme is normally group therapy focused. Group therapy provides a space for people to explore and acknowledge their feelings, gain support and relate to the other group members. When people with similar problems are brought together and are able to share their thoughts and feelings with each other, it can result in a very powerful and positive experience. You may also participate in individual therapy and treatments from our well-being programme.

Your first day

On your first day, you will be met at reception and complete your registration. A therapist will then give you a brief introduction to your therapy groups. You will also be assigned a liaison worker who you will meet weekly to discuss your progress, programme and individual goals.


At the beginning and at the end of the treatment, you will be asked to complete a CORE (Clinical Outcomes in Routine Evaluation) questionnaire as a tool for you to see the positive changes and progress you are making throughout treatment.

Day therapy discharge

Once your programme is completed you will have a discharge meeting with the Day Therapy Coordinator. This will include a reflection of your treatment, follow-up appointments with consultants and therapists if necessary. We would encourage you to attend our free aftercare groups.

Free aftercare groups

Nightingale Hospital offers free support groups for patients who have completed their inpatient and day therapy programmes. We understand there can be challenges after your treatment and therapy, that is why we would like to further help with your transition by providing these free groups for one year following your discharge.

Aftercare groups purpose

The purpose is to provide support and encouragement in a safe and non-judgemental environment. Like the groups, you participated in during treatment you are encouraged to share your feelings and experiences with the group. In Aftercare, we welcome tribulation as well as trial. Hearing how others are beginning to conquer their problems one week can give hope and possibly useful ideas to others who are struggling. There is usually a strong bond between the aftercare members, who are great at welcoming new members. It can be very useful to people just returning to work or practising different interpersonal skills to get feedback from other members who have gone through similar experiences.

“I felt really safe and cared for. Every single member of staff I met treated me like an individual - just simply saying Hello as I walked down the corridor made me feel really looked after. Thank you so much - what a difference you have made in 2 weeks. How much more progress I will make in the next two!”
Alex, London