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Speech and Language Therapy (S and LT) Service

The Speech and Language Therapy (S and LT) Service works across the whole county providing help in both community and hospital settings. We treat children up to the age of 16 years (up to 19 years in special education), who have a difficulty with communication or swallowing.

The Service is provided in a number of ways, depending on need. This may be for example: individual or group treatment, parent/carer workshops and drop-in information clinics.

The service also undertakes a role in providing training and specialist support to parents/carers and staff working with children and young people in schools, residential units and other settings. This enables parents/carers and professionals involved with the child, to provide an appropriate level of support and input.

01234 317002 / 01234 317000

Bedford Hospital

If you choose Bedford you can be certain of high quality clinical care and treatment in clean, comfortable surroundings. We our proud of our short waiting times, excellent medical and nursing staff, ample car parking, which is free for disabled patients and visitors, and we are in easy reach by car, bus or train. We provide a wide range of services from our modern facilities including maternity, vascular (vein) services and cancer care. Our focus is on providing high quality clinical services and support for patients.

These trusts also provide services at Bedford Hospital South Wing

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Tel:020 7253 3411

East London NHS Foundation Trust
Tel:020 7655 4000

01234 355122

Bedfordshire & Luton Mental Health Services

If you need to use mental health services for assessment or treatment, you have the legal right to choose which provider and team you’re referred to by your GP for your first outpatient appointment. Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) commission mental health services for their communities. You have the right to choose any mental health service provider in England as long as they provide a similar clinically appropriate service to the one your local CCG provides

01234 317146

Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service

We’re here to help. Whatever the cause of your anxiety or depression, sharing your problems could be the first step to recovery.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMH) provides outpatient assessments, support and treatment for children experiencing moderate to severe mental health problems in young people up to the age of 18. The service works to provide patients with a greater knowledge of their condition and improve coping techniques.

The service provides help to children and to the wider family, including children living with foster parents, children who have been adopted and young people living in children's homes. The service may see children and adolescents on their own, with their parents or with their family, and may also see parents on their own.

Community Learning Disability Team:
Provides assessment and intervention for children up to the age of 18 who have a learning disability and associated severe challenging behaviour or mental health problems.

Home Treatment Team:
Provides high intensive community based treatment using a care pathway approach and regular visits to patient's home or preferred location. In a few cases, where home treatment is not an appropriate option, then the team may need to consider an inpatient admission.

Looked After Children's Team:
Offers support to young people who may be accommodated or under Care Orders with the local authorities.

01234 310040

Criminal Justice Service- HMP Bedford and Criminal Justice Liaison Team

The Forensic Criminal Justice team provides a service for people aged 18 years and over, who are in the criminal justice system and have been identified as having a mental health condition or learning disability.
The service:
•attends multi-agency public protection meetings to assist in the management of complex cases;
•identifies people with mental health conditions or learning disabilities at the earliest opportunity and ensures that their needs are met in the best setting, be it hospital, community or custody;
•provides assessments for individuals who are due for release from prison to ensure continued access to mental health or learning disability services;
•provides a prison in-reach service, working with prisoners at HMP Bedford. This extends to Police Stations, the Courts, Prisons and the Probation Service;
•provides one point of access for criminal justice agencies to information and advice, or assessment of people who appear to present symptoms of mental health/learning disability or have a history of mental health/learning disability;
•provides training on mental health and learning disability to criminal justice agencies.

01234 373235

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

Hinchingbrooke Hospital

Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust provides high quality health care for the people of Huntingdonshire and surrounding areas. More than 160,000 people rely on our district general hospital for a range of services and we are renowned locally for our warm and friendly approach.

01480 416416

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies


We're here to help. Whatever the cause of your anxiety or depression, sharing your problems could be the first step to recovery.

Bedford Wellbeing Service offers evidence-based psychological therapy to help support and treat common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. We offer a number of different approaches and formats all delivered by trained staff.

We offer skills-based teaching sessions where people can learn about how their thoughts and behaviours can impact and affect their emotions and moods. You will learn skills and techniques to change these types of thinking processes, which can have a positive impact on our mood.

All of the treatment that Bedford Wellbeing Service offers is informed by NICE guidelines and evidence-based treatment protocols. As a result, the services we offer are all short term therapy sessions. Please do not hesitate to contact us directly for more information.

01234 880400

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