Inpatient Mental Health Services

Around 1 in 4 people will experience mental health problems at some point in their life.  People who are having an acute problem with their mental health may benefit from some time in hospital to help them to recover. An acute episode can relate to illnesses like depression, anxiety or schizophrenia. We provide both acute inpatient care and psychiatric intensive care.  

The ALIS and Home Treatment team are responsible for assessing whether someone can be treated at home, or if they would benefit from an admission to one of our units. Referrals for inpatient admissions can come through a range of emergency or planned routes such as:

  • your GP
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Community mental health services
  • First Step
  • Accident & Emergency or an acute ward within a general hospital
  • Section 136 Mental Health Act assessments undertaken by the Police.

Every person who is admitted will have a named nurse. It’s their role to organise an individuals’ care whilst they’re an inpatient.  During their stay, each individual will have a care plan, which will be developed between the nursing team and the patient and describes how support and treatment will help you to recover and regain your standard of day-to-day living. The care plan will cover all areas of care from admission to discharge, and can include important issues such as medication, physical health checks, therapeutic activities, family involvement and how to support you with your religious beliefs.  We aim to provide patients with the opportunity to have a comprehensive physical health care assessment and ongoing support with any physical health care problems.

The care plan emphasises that recovery will continue in a community setting at the earliest opportunity.  It is important that patients are able to maintain links with their social networks and communities.

A number of people are involved in inpatient care including nurses, occupational therapists, health care assistants, consultant psychiatrists, psychologists and pharmacists. Patients have regular review meetings and staff from the mental health community  teams are invited to attend. This helps to plan a seamless discharge from the unit and to offer appropriate support to people in their own community.

Maintaining privacy, dignity and respect is fundamental to the care delivered to service users and carers.

Service users can expect to be cared for in a safe, clean environment that respects their individual values, beliefs and personal relationships.  You have a right to be listened to and can expect one-to-one quality time with the people providing your healthcare.

In October 2015 96% of inpatients felt that they had been treated with dignity and respect

You can find out more about acute mental health inpatient care on these websites:

www.mentalhealth.org.uk

www.mind.org.uk

www.rcpsych.ac.uk

www.rethink.org


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