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The Forensic Low Secure Inpatient Service is provided to adults who are detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 and who:
•have been identified as requiring hospital admission for assessment or treatment but do not require intensive care. (the patient would usually be involved in criminal proceedings, requiring transfer from custodial settings);
•have been identified as requiring a rehabilitation programme within a low secure setting and are able to participate in such a programme.
The service provides individualised care and evaluation of the patient’s progress and recovery. People are encouraged to be involved in their care planning and, where possible, the family is also involved.
The Mental Health Assessment Units (MHAU) are 24-hour dedicated inpatient units designed for supporting adults who are in a mental health crisis, requiring an in-depth assessment period, and are willing to accept an informal inpatient stay.
A full psychosocial assessment is carried out, in most cases within 24 hours. The maximum stay at the Assessment Unit is five days. The assessment looks at the best way of treating the person referred to the unit, either at home, through the new Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Teams or admission to a day unit or an appropriate admission to a ward.
The service offers:
•24 hour, 365 days a year services;
•active involvement of the patient, family and carers;
•choice and autonomy, where possible;
•intensive assessment, intervention and support in the early stages of a crisis;
•rapid response following referral to the Unit;
•recovery planning with patient focussed outcomes;
•sensitive approach to ethnic and cultural issues;
•share learning from the crisis;
•time-limited interventions that are able to respond to patient’s needs;
•to provide practical support and assistance with problems of daily living.
The Assessment Units consist of multi-disciplinary teams including Mental Health Nurses, Clinical Support Workers, Clinical Psychologists, a Consultant Psychiatrist and medical staff. They work in partnership with the Outpatients Team, Care Co-ordinators, Social Workers and GPs to support the patient through their inpatient stay.