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Improving Access to Psychological Therapies

ANXIOUS? FEELING LOW? STRESSED?

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

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

Kids

We support over 13,500 disabled children, young people and their families every year by delivering over 120 services throughout England.

KIDS is unique; there is no other organisation dedicated to providing such an extensive range of services to disabled children and young people, aged 0-25 years, irrespective of their impairment or condition.

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

Learning Disability England

Learning Disability England brings together Housing and Support Alliance and People First England with other national bodies led by or involving work with people with learning disabilities and their families, individual people with learning disabilities, families, friends and their supporters.

03002 010455

Luton & Dunstable Hospital

As the first NHS Foundation Trust in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire - and the best hospital in the East of England (CGC 2009) - our top priority is to offer the best possible patient experience - putting the patient first every time.

As the first hospital in England to be selected by the Health Foundation for our work on improving patient safety - an area in which we continue to excel - the L&D continues to be an agent for change by involving patients and FT members in re-desigining and improving our services.

During 2009-10 we continued to reduce our MRSA and C.diff infections helping us to retain our reputation as one of the safest hospitals in the country.

The L&D's reputation attracts top clinicians and specialists, together with some of the most experienced and caring nursing staff.

01582 491166

Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care

The goal of specialist palliative care is to ensure the best quality of life for Adults and Older Adults with life limiting conditions and their families both through the direct care of those with complex needs by links with specialist services / teams and the indirect care of those with palliative care needs through expert advice, support, education and training and governance.
The role of the Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist is to work in partnership with the primary care team and hold a caseload of those patients with complex specialist palliative care needs. Each patient with a life limiting condition will be assessed holistically using an agreed tool at the beginning of their palliative diagnosis and at appropriate points of the care pathway. Referral is made to other services and agencies as appropriate and the team will work with the relevant key worker at any given time.
The Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care team includes a Specialist Palliative Care Physiotherapist whose aim is to maximise patients’ ability to function, promote independence and assist them to adapt to their condition. This is available to patients in north and mid Beds localities. The Specialist Palliative Care Physiotherapist will also give educational support to South Beds locality.
The team also work in partnership with Bedfordshire Partnership for Excellence in Palliative Support (PEPS).

01234 310000

Mental Health and Wellbeing Services

East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) provides mental health services for people in Bedfordshire.

The service has been commissioned by Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG), in partnership with Central Bedfordshire Council and Bedford Borough Council.

We are committed to the ongoing development of mental health and learning disability services.


01525 864430

Milton Keynes Hospital

We are a medium sized district general hospital, serving Milton Keynes and surrounding areas. The hospital has approximately 400 inpatient beds, and provides a broad range of general medical and surgical services. We have a busy A&E Department that manages all medical, surgical and child health emergency admissions. As our local population grows, we continue to develop our facilities.

In addition to providing general acute services, Milton Keynes Hospital increasingly provides more specialist services, including cancer care, cardiology and oral surgery.

We have responsibility for treating premature babies born locally. Some of the babies we treat are born as early as 24 weeks old (16 weeks early), and weigh as little as 500 grams.

01908 660033

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

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