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The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) provides outpatient assessments, support and treatment for children and young people up to the age of 18 experiencing moderate to severe mental health problems. The service works to provide them with a greater knowledge of their condition and improve coping techniques.
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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.
The Speech and Language Therapy team provides assessment and therapy for communication and swallowing difficulties in adults, both inpatients and outpatients. We deal with a wide range of conditions including stroke, progressive conditions, dementia, cancer, head injury, voice problems and stammering. We offer a seamless service, in that the same team will see a patient across all settings, including domiciliary and care home visits.
We are based on the ground floor of Beeden House, reception C, at Bedford Hospital and have two treatment rooms for individual therapy and a group therapy room. All rooms are wheelchair accessible.
We are the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury. Our national specialist centre is in Tadworth, Surrey, where we provide rehabilitation to children with acquired brain injury and specialist medical/transitional care to children with complex health needs. We also run The Children’s Trust School, a non-maintained residential special school in Tadworth for children with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) and complex health needs. Our other services include expert community-based support for children with acquired brain injury and online support for families via our Brain Injury Hub website (www.braininjuryhub.co.uk)