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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 Special Needs Team is part of the Speech and Language Therapy Service and is responsible for providing a service to preschool children with complex needs (Child Development Centre) and to children who have identified speech, language and communication needs and /or eating or swallowing difficulties (dysphagia) as part of their Education, Health and Care Plan who attend mainstream and special schools within Bedford Borough.
We provide a service for children between 0-19. The Service is provided in a number of ways depending on need. The Speech and Language Therapist will assess a child’s needs using formal and /or informal assessment methods; these will include observations and discussions with key adults in the child’s life. A report will be provided following initial assessment.
We will provide information and advice to enable key adults to:
• understand the language/ communication difficulty and / or swallowing difficulty
• gain skills to support the child at home and within the educational setting (preschools/schools).
We may provide individual sessions and / or group sessions to help develop specific skills and to review progress.
We aim to work collaboratively with parents and other professionals; and to agree a care plan which reflects identified targets to support development/management of the child’s speech, language and communication skills and/or eating and swallowing skills as appropriate.
Services offered to preschool children who attend the Child Development Centre include:
• initial assessment sessions ( contributing to a multidisciplinary assessment of a child’s needs)
• ‘communicate and play group’ sessions – children are offered this course of five weekly group sessions as appropriate following initial assessment.
• Down Syndrome group sessions – 6 sessions per year; a group for parents of children between 6-18months of age; to support early introduction of strategies to facilitate speech, language and communication development.
• Drop in group review sessions (Wednesday afternoons during term time) – these sessions are for children who have had an initial assessment and /or attended communicate and play groups. Families are given an allocated appointment between 13.00 and 14.30 or can attend without an appointment between14.30 and 15.30.
• Feeding clinic - joint clinic arranged by the Speech and Language Therapist and Paediatric Dietician to manage ongoing needs of children with swallowing difficulties. Approximately 2-3 clinics every 6-8 weeks.
Services provided to children who are attending a nursery/ preschool settings who have identified SEN; and children with identified needs as part of their Education, Health and Care Plan who attend mainstream and special schools:
• Assessment and review sessions are provided within the setting.
• Liaison with parents and education staff to agree and demonstrate strategies in order to provide a consistent approach to management of a child’s language and communication needs.
• Training and specialist support to parents and staff working with children and young people in preschool settings and schools; including parent workshops; termly program of workshops for adults supporting children within settings.
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)