28/11/2011 Inside Out Yorkshire and Lincolnshire


Cameras gain access to Rampton, the high security hospital which houses some of the most dangerous inmates in the country, to assess tabloid claims that it is a holiday camp.

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It is not full of monsters. People like to think it is full of


monsters. Rampton Hospital is nearly 100 years old and has high


security. Because it is a long time since any TV crew was allowed in,


they are taking no chances. This is definitely the most stringent


checking but I have experienced. This is definitely the most Ket I


have had to take guard. I asked about the sound man's cupboard he


did kick. You could Plutarch or false. There is restricted. Some of


these patients are highly ingenious. I was told the attack could be told


to make key impressions and solitude could become a garotte.


This man Newsbeat loses to make a makeshift ladder. The reason for


been you fences to make sure this does not happen. All of that cost


�25 million and includes a vast network of 900 CCTV cameras that


monitor every move the patient has made. I notice there are CCTV


cameras along the corridor? They are an integral to the security of


the ward. No camera in here? not in bedrooms. It is felt that we


check the well-being of patients a minimum of every half-hour and


actually, the intrusive nature of CCTV into a bedroom mean we made a


decision not to put into bedrooms. What is it like arriving at this


grim and daunting place for the first time's --? It is scary


because I was only young when I came. You said there and at the


start you do not know what to expect. You think you might have to


defend yourself and it would cause problems. If you are already


suffering from problems, you do not suffering from problems, you do not


want that kind of thing on top of it because it will make it worse.


Gary was just 18 when he was transferred to run to and from a


young offenders' institution. He was a violent road user and


initially put in seclusion and carted around the clock. Rampton


has housed some of the country's notorious killers including Ian


Hartley. Gary found some of these infamous penchant kind and helpful.


I came here and some of them took me under their wing. That must have


been a surprise? It was, yes. Some people have done nasty crimes and


bad things. Mental illness is a funny thing. It can make you do


strange things, but you wouldn't normally do. In our short time


inside Rampton we saw no at breaks of violence. You certainly feel the


threat of it. That is something the start are aware of. -- staff. If


they have an argument with someone instead of trying to negotiate,


they resort to violence. Here, we tried to show them how to negotiate


and use certain skills to deal with certain situations. Sometimes I get


letters from patients saying thanks for what we have done. It is very


rewarding when you you're such things, knowing that you are part


of a system that helps to improve a person's behaviour. There are no


longer involved in crime and at some stage, they will go out and


contribute to society. That is not the first time you will hear people


talking about hope and the prospect of leaving. You have to keep


reminding yourself that these patients are here because they pose


a danger to others and themselves. No more so than here in the peaks,


a unit for men wife personality disorders. The rooms are sparse but


designed with fittings and furniture. Everything is the third


safe. The beds, tell us about the mattress. The mattress is covered


in a material similar to that on a bouncy castle. It is designed to


resist tearing, he took. More interesting is the base of the bed.


It is designed moulded glass fibre, designed to withstand damage and


attack but also, important to ride a decent and cuttable might's sleep.


Even Miss Peggy is important? Designed to be entirely nature. Any


pressure and it will bend. Keeping 326 patients save takes a lot of


staff. Nearly 2000 work here. The clocking on in the morning is


something to behold. Everyone has to undergo the same rigorous


security checks day-in and day-out. The list of prohibited items is


long. They will even take your chewing-gum. The work is highly


valued, even by those they thought they would never be seen dead in a


place like this. I never envisaged working here. If you had told me I


would be working here eight years ago I would have laughed at you.


The prospect of working with what he thought would be monsters was


not attractive but now, David teaches computer skills. Amongst


these danger -- dangerous men, he has discovered a poet. What is your


latest 1? It is about searching for When you build working


relationships with these people, you get to see some snippets,


little moments, of their struggle. It puts things into context. It is


very, very easy to blame an individual for something but when


you look far beyond that aspect, there are usually other moments in


their life. There have been opportunities to stop that


developing, which society has missed. As you navigate the


labyrinth of locked doors and corridors, you get used to decide a


single patients being escorted by groups of staff. Both prison


inmates -- most inmates are not guarded this closely. There are six


times more patience -- staff to patients in Rampton a man in your


average jail. This is not a prison. They keep telling us this and have


been doing so for a long time. is a Rampton, target of intense


criticism. They invited us to make a film report so that all of the


world might see for itself. There is a conception that Ranson is a


prison. It is not, it is a mental hospital. It struck me when I saw


it, I see as problems today of how people perceive us. The


misperception that this is a prison where the bad and mad are banished


still persists. No doubt helped by a TV expose 30 years ago. It


revealed brutal treatment of patients by staff. He used to kick


came between the legs of hobnail boots. There were five of them got


stuck into him and one man was standing on his head. They twisted


the tie on one side underneath his ear and they kept twisting until


the patient's face went purple. film caused a big stir and


triggered use changes inside Rampton. It led to a change of the


culture of the management systems in high security hospital. That has


led to an improvement into the culture going into the 21st century


of the trip and that has happened. The hospital has been thoroughly


modernised. It costs �100 million a year to run this place. It is


�200,000 -- �2,000 a week to care for each patient. I would want each


person to have the best treatment and accommodation and that is the


standard that I said. That is what his mother expects as well. Every


three weeks, she makes the long journey to visit her son. I have


been coming here for well over 10 years. It takes me three hours


there and three hours, a long day. It is a hospital, not a prison. It


is very daunting to see people walking about with walkie-talkies


where you go. Every door has to be unlocked and locked. It began with


a police dawn raid on her home. can still hear them breaking down


the front door. What seemed like on 100 people dressed in white suits,


wandering around every conceivable place in my house, looking for what


I believe with evidence. My son was not aware of what he had done. He


was in the midst of a psychotic episode. In that one psychotic


episode, Mary's some cost three generations of family terrible loss.


My son was betrayed as a monster, a maniac, who needed to go to prison


with the key thrown away. He was my flesh and blood. My life was


threatened, my house was broken into, my car was damaged. I had to


leave my home for six months. I did not live there. My nearest


neighbour took care of my house for me. I had to rely on friends and


there are some who do not know where my son is. Today, we are


going to talk about communication and self-esteem cycles. Of course,


the families of victims endure a life sentence of suffering and may


well struggle to accept treatment given to those who cost so much


hurt. Had a wee bit Robert FE this? Frustrated. Are all patients


treated? -- treatable? It may be that they have to live with some


aspects of their enormous that cannot be changed as much as other


parts but the challenge is to try and make sure that carers and


relatives as well as the individual feel that someone is making


progress and that there is light at the end of the tunnel. I was


depressed. I was crying and hitting myself and other people. I did not


want to lead. Now, I have gone through all of the rough to get to


this move. I have come on massively with the clinical team. I would not


be at this stage now if I stayed in prison. I want to get out and live


my life. I am only 23. I have been locked up since about 14, in and


out. One of the psychiatrists who assessed my son said to me, one day,


you will get your son back. One day, you will see your son and that day


is really coming and I live in hope for that day. I think it is really


important to give hope. Increasingly, we are offering a


message about recovery. That is not just in terms of symptoms from


illness but in terms of getting their life back. Many of the


patients are brilliant artists. They are skilled in would work but


have never had opportunities to do it. It is wonderful to see they can


produce these items and they are so pleased with themselves as well. It


is something that they have probably never, ever done before.


Chris has been inside Rampton for 20 years. He feared it could be a


lot longer but man, art has held with his recovery and chances of


moving to a less secure hospital. When you are doing a picture and


look at it and think, you've done that, the sense of achievement you


feel boosts your confidence. It makes you want to do more.


critics of Rampton say it has gone too soft. More like a holiday camp.


There is even a swimming pool, a gym, playing fields and Sky TV


would of the sports channels. certainly not a holiday camp. How


would you like to live on a ward full of people who have committed


via -- violent offences? That is not holiday. It is not my idea of a


holiday camp. I think people have to come and see it themselves. It


is not my fault lines or Florida or whatever. There are a lot of people


kicking off. The patients have their own shop. Something else


which infuriates those who like him Rampton to Butlins. It is hardly


sumptuous. What do you sell? Confectionery, clothing, poetry,


gifts. Everything, really. Magazines, CDs, stationery. What


other most popular lines? Chocolate and crisps. The use to sell


cigarettes? And we did, not any more. They had to ban protein


milkshakes because some patients were bobbing up their muscles to


effectively. We cannot send up anything sharp. Any chains are


Apology for the loss of subtitles for 40 seconds


behind the council -- any tens are We have some problems around


obesity. Some patients, you have to wonder what they will spend money


on, and they will spend it on sweets. That was not have the


obesity problem. They would be -- we would be much more comfortable


if they did not receive disability living allowance. After a few days


I thought I had met some really good natured men. Gary, who came


here as a teenager, Paul, the poet, and Chris, the artist. Then you


remind yourself that they probably carried out a despicable act of


violent crime. You wonder how the staff code. The often deal with the


offence charged towards the end of the treatment. What you are aware


of it all the time? Yes. One of the things about forensic Mental Health


is that you need to know as much about someone before they sit down


with them rather than starting with a blank sheet. It is always there


in the background. Be easy -- is it hard to divorce yourself from that


terrible things they have done? question of the terrible things


they have done is an assumption. Sometimes, terrible things have


been done to them. Some of the women have had massive amounts of


from in their life. We have to be very professional and say, my job


is to help this one moved on. help with the distress and our aim


is to help them deal with deftly with it. We met Tina, who has been


here eight months. Live with an alcoholic partner pushed her over


the edge and she turned very violent. She told us how they had


helped her. They have listened to me. They made me have medication


that I needed. It stopped my disorder. I am pleased that I came


here because it has held me realise what I was like. It stopped me from


getting worse. It is building me up to be a complete person without


problems that I had. Just a few miles from the hospital is the


village of Rampton and at the back of the churchyard is a collection


of simple tombstones. They belonged to the patients who lived and died


at the hospital, unvarnished and forgotten. Now the average patient


is dated eight years and some start a new life. -- stays eight years.


Outside the perimeter fence with me is Bill. He excelled at painting


and is now studying fine art at university. Incredible, considering


what he was like when he first came here. I got arrested for stabbing


somebody. It was quite horrific, really. I stabbed him a number of


times and/Thame head-butted him and bit him. -- slashed him. Bill first


put up violence but then responded well to treatment. I came here with


a violent past. Yeah were a monster? I would not say a monster.


I was not a monster. I wasn't the best behaved patient that Ranson


has ever had. -- Rampton. I took that was on a plate for me. What


does it feel like to be on the outside of the fence? Much better


on this side. It is the satisfaction that I can stand here


on the outside looking in. This place meant a lot to me. It worked


for me. There are some very good stuff here. For those on the brink


of leaving, it can be traumatic. You have been here 20 years, what


It will be scary but these are the challenges I look forward to now.


Before the pain was too strong. That fear of leaving is even harder


to express if you are deaf. I have brought some of these pictures and


I wondered if you wanted to tell me about him. There are nine patients


on the death Ward. Learning to sign has given them a voice and help to


ease their anger. -- death. Paul is about to move on. It is about


working creatively it to help them move on and learn more about him.


Hopefully, because he has been here a long time, we're at hoping to


move him on. I am walking up to the edge. A man has come up behind me


and is saying no, do not do that. There is something in Paul's


process about wanting to stay, wanting to leave, of what will it


be like out there, will he get support? All the mixed emotions.


is the end of the day and me begins her up long journey back home, full


of hope that one day her son will move on. The emotional strain and


the travelling, after 10 years I do feel it is taking its toll. I am


tiring of the journey. But I just keep the vision of knowing that one


day I am going to get my son back. We sometimes say, hate the sin and


forgive the Senna. I only hope and pray that society can forgive. --


Senna. Unsurprised and they, they're pretty big on forgiveness -


- forgiveness at the hospital chapel, where all faiths are


welcome. I believe that got is able and willing to forgive. And I


appreciate the sentiment of what that mother said, but I do


recognise that for people who have been wronged against and four who


forgiveness is very difficult, it is often hard to separate the


person and the action. After just a few days here, you can believe


everything here is rose. Even the patient's Festival patch is


enjoying a good crop this year. This is our horticultural area. It


is a really popular activity as you might imagine. So, before we left,


this seemed like a good time and place to finally question the man


who runs the place. For all the top of forgiveness, cheaper and


recovery, do not the public simply want his patients locked up with


the key thrown away? I think it is a very interesting question. It is


ultimately a philosophical question, of whether you want to treat people


humanely. I believe that the vast majority of our patients have had


really poor deal -- poor deals in life. One in four of the population


has a mental health problem at some point, and the people who are in


these hospitals are someone so children, or parents, or brothers


or sisters, I do not know what causes people to end up in


hospitals like this but it could happen to anyone and I think that


is why you do not lock them up and throw away the key. I believe that


by treating them humanely, you'll get them to behave in different


ways. John Holmes with that exclusive look behind the scenes at


Rampton. If you want to contact us about the story, you can on the


details below. That is it all for this week's Inside Out, thank you


Inside Rampton - for the first time in a generation TV cameras are allowed into the high security hospital which is home to some of the most disturbed and dangerous men and women in the country. Every patient has a TV, use of a swimming pool and a shop - so is it the 'holiday camp' that many tabloid newspapers claim it to be?

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