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Meet the team

During the admission, the team will be aiming to gather as much information as possible about you to help in the assessment and understanding of your difficulties. This will include an assessment of your needs, including family and carer’s assessment if needed.

You will be allocated a key nurse on admission, who will start to work on understanding your needs; this will often remain an ongoing piece of work as we gather further information during the admission. The key nurse will also support you to write some care plans.

The care plan is designed to identify your needs, and an action plan agreed of how the team can work with you in working towards meeting those needs. The care plan will include goals and achievements towards recovery and will be individual for you. The frequency of meeting with your key nurse will vary, but we would expect you to meet and review your plan of care each week.

You will also be allocated an associate nurse, who will be a support worker on the unit; they will support the role of the key nurse and offer additional support. The role of the key nurse will also be to liaise with the families/carers of the young person and engage them in the care plan where appropriate.

During the admission, you will also be allocated a ward doctor. They will review your care each week in the weekly Clinical Review Meeting (CRM). They will also meet with you at other times during the week to review their care. The ward doctors will feed back the reviews with you to the unit consultant psychiatrist. The consultant psychiatrist is responsible for your clinical care and will also attend the Clinical Review Meeting each week. The consultant is also available to meet with young people and their families / carers at other times by prior appointment arranged through our ward administrators.

Psychological Therapies Team

The psychological therapies team also coordinate and run the therapeutic group programme, which is open to every young person admitted.

You will see a Clinical Psychologist for psychological assessment and/or therapeutic intervention as appropriate. Routine outcome measures (rating mood, behaviour, resilience, and risk) are collected for everyone. If appropriate, more individualised psychological assessments may be carried out. Psychological therapy may include treatment relating to past or present traumas, difficulties with mood or emotional regulation.

Therapy may be aimed at alleviating symptoms (e.g. by learning coping strategies to use when in distress or in a crisis). Individual work is always tailored to the individual, and may be informed by multiple therapeutic models, including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, EMDR, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Remediation Therapy, Systemic therapy, Attachment Therapies, Solution Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy.


You will meet with your Psychologist on a weekly basis or more depending on need.

You will be offered time with a Family Therapist who can help you and your family better to better understand and support each other. It helps family members to express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions safely, understand each other’s views, appreciate each other’s needs, build on family strengths, and work together to improve their relationships and their lives.

Family sessions can be used in lots of different ways. Some families choose to have frequent regular sessions during the admission, while others might wish to only meet once, or occasionally, to address specific issues.

The aim of Occupational Therapy is to identify if you’re experiencing any difficulties with your mental or physical health, which is preventing you from being independent with the activities that you want or need to do.  These activities may include learning, gaining employment, socialising, caring for yourself and maintaining a balanced routine which includes things that you enjoy doing or which help you to relax.

The OT may do some assessments to better understand your needs. A treatment plan can be agreed with you, to support you to problem solve any difficulties. 

You will have the opportunity to attend a group programme and/or individual sessions which are tailored to your needs and interests and it will also be considered whether any equipment or adaptation to the environment would help you to achieve your goals.

You will be supported to develop coping skills and strategies to help you to stay well and to lead the life you choose when you are ready to be discharged.

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