New unit opening for young people with mental health problems

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A new national unit for young people with mental health problems is to be opened in Northamptonshire.

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT) announced the opening of the High Dependency Unit ahead of World Mental Health Day on Thursday, October 10.

Young people with complex mental health needs in Northamptonshire will soon be able to get their treatment without having to travel out of county.

The Burrows, a new 10-bed high dependency unit (HDU) which will be based at Berrywood Hospital in Duston, will provide intensive care for young people who are in acutely disturbed phase of a serious mental disorder.

As well as Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes, the unit will serve other parts of the East Midlands and England.

The service will cater for young people aged 13 to 18 years and provide care closer to home which is more clinically appropriate than being placed far away.

The unit will increase the number of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) Tier 4 beds available and allow families to visit their children regularly which is a key part of their recovery.

Richard McKendrick, director of speciality services for NHFT, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be opening this unit which will provide a much needed service to some of our most vulnerable young people.

“It is a great achievement and is a testament to the high quality work that our team based at The Sett and in the wider CAMHS service do. It gives us even more reason to shout about World Mental Health Day this year.

“Previously children in Northamptonshire had to travel outside of county for this kind of service but the unit will enable us to deliver this care much closer to home.

“It is still relatively close for other patients in the East Midlands.

“There may also be opportunity to expand our specialist services further as a result of this service.”

The HDU will offer bed stays, on average 14 weeks per stay, for a range of patients presenting conditions such as psychosis, severe obsessive compulsive disorder and complex post traumatic stress disorder.

There will be a multi-disciplinary team at the unit to provide holistic treatment to the patient.

The team will include a consultant psychiatrist, psychologist, family therapist, occupational therapist, alternative therapy, nurses and healthcare assistants.

Each young person will have a personal needs based therapy plan which will be tailored to individual needs and developed jointly with a young person, their family and their community CAMHS team.

There will be a school on site and individualised education plans will be developed, with educational rehabilitation being a cornerstone of the therapy on offer.

There will also be a dedicated visiting room for families.

More information on our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) can be found at