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Early Intervention in Psychosis Service

This specialist service works with people aged 14-35 years who are experiencing their first episode of psychosis, no matter what the cause of symptoms, whether it is drug induced or related to a bipolar disorder or a primary psychotic illness. This intensive service is available to people with psychosis and their carers for a maximum of three years.
Psychosis is a term used to describe conditions that affect the mind, where there has been some loss of contact with reality. Hallucinations, such as hearing voices, delusions (false beliefs), paranoia and disorganised thoughts and speech are some of the symptoms that may be experienced. These symptoms can seem so real that often the person does not realise that they are experiencing psychosis. Psychosis also affects feelings and behaviour.
The service also works with people with low level psychotic symptoms such as, odd beliefs, altered sensations particularly in their hearing and vision, a family history of psychosis, fleeting psychotic symptoms and/or changes in their mental state.
The service is comprised of a community based multi-disciplinary team which provides assistance and interventions at a time and location that are convenient to the person with psychosis.
The team aims to reduce both the duration and severity of acute psychosis and to improve a person’s social functioning and assist them in staying or getting back into employment or education.
The service offers:
•advice, information and assessment;
•an assessment period of up to three months;
•assertive outreach approach youth friendly services, emphasising social recovery;
•comprehensive package of care for a duration of two-three years;
•cognitive behavioural therapy for hallucinations and delusions;
•family intervention;
•help with returning to work or education;
•hospital admission arranged when necessary;
•low dose neuroleptic medication;

01234 315690

Health Facilitation Service (Services for People who have a Learning Disability)

Health Facilitation Service: Nurse-led service, working with adults who have a learning disability to enable them to access and receive equitable healthcare from services.

We are part of ‘Services for People who have a Learning Disability’ (SPLD) who provide specialist healthcare services to people who have a learning disability and are 18 years and over, living within Bedfordshire and Luton.

The service is provided for people who have:
• Challenging or disturbed behaviour
• Degenerative neurological disorders which occurred during their developmental period and led to learning disability
• Epilepsy which cannot be managed by general neurological services
• Mental illness and other mental disorders such as autism
• Sensory deficits which cannot be managed by mainstream services

01234 310589

Intensive Support Team (IST) (Services for People who have a Learning Disability)

Intensive Support Team (IST): Provides a 24-hour crisis service as well as multi-disciplinary (Nursing, Psychiatry, Psychology, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy community based services to people who have a learning disability and are 18 years and over, living within Bedfordshire and Luton, who are experiencing a mental health or challenging behaviour crisis requiring urgent assessment and treatment. Where possible service is provided in the individuals own home, with the intention of minimising the need for admission. Where the level of risk is such that hospital admission is required, the IST can assist in minimising inpatient stays by facilitating early discharge and supporting people back into the community. 24 hour Crisis Service is available on 01234 310 538 where a nurse is available and if required will visit the person within 4 hours.
We are part of ‘Services for People who have a Learning Disability’ (SPLD) who provide specialist healthcare services to people who have a learning disability and are 18 years and over, living within Bedfordshire and Luton.

The service is provided for people who have:
• Challenging or disturbed behaviour
• Degenerative neurological disorders which occurred during their developmental period and led to learning disability
• Epilepsy which cannot be managed by general neurological services
• Mental illness and other mental disorders such as autism
• Sensory deficits which cannot be managed by mainstream services




01234 310589

Learning Disabilities Specialist Community Healthcare (Bedfordshire)

Learning disabilities services in Bedfordshire and Luton are provided by Services for People with a Learning Disability (SPLD).

SPLD has a Specialist Community Healthcare Team, Intensive Support Team (IST) and The Coppice inpatient service.

Community multi-disciplinary healthcare team for people with a learning disability.

People can self-refer and referrals can also be made by any professional working with individuals in primary or secondary health or social care.

01234 310589

Occupational Therapy (Services for People who have a Learning Disability)

Occupational Therapy helps patients identify the occupational elements that contribute to the difficulties they have carrying out meaningful activites and provides advice, support and patient-centred intervention to achieve identified occupational goals, with the ultimate aim being the improvement of physical and/or mental health and sense of wellbeing.

We are part of ‘Services for People who have a Learning Disability’ (SPLD) who provide specialist healthcare services to people who have a learning disability and are 18 years and over, living within Bedfordshire and Luton.

The service is provided for people who have:
• Challenging or disturbed behaviour
• Degenerative neurological disorders which occurred during their developmental period and led to learning disability
• Epilepsy which cannot be managed by general neurological services
• Mental illness and other mental disorders such as autism
• Sensory deficits which cannot be managed by mainstream services

01234 310589

Physiotherapy (Services for People who have a Learning Disability)

Physiotherapy provides access for patients to generic physiotherapy services or to provide specialist intervention as required or indicated from the inital assessment, as well as promoting activites which complement the patients overall physical management programme and their health.

We are part of ‘Services for People who have a Learning Disability’ (SPLD) who provide specialist healthcare services to people who have a learning disability and are 18 years and over, living within Bedfordshire and Luton.

The service is provided for people who have:
• Challenging or disturbed behaviour
• Degenerative neurological disorders which occurred during their developmental period and led to learning disability
• Epilepsy which cannot be managed by general neurological services
• Mental illness and other mental disorders such as autism
• Sensory deficits which cannot be managed by mainstream services

01234 310589