Referral only through clinical and adolescent mental health services in East London. Out of Borough referrals may be considered. For more on referrals please click here
The Centre treats young people with acute and severe forms of mental illness. These include major mood disorders, psychosis, complex neuropsychiatric disorders, eating disorders, severe obsessive compulsive disorders and borderline personality disorders.
In addition to admissions for assessment and treatment of acutely unwell young people presenting with a broad range of symptoms, we also offer five clearly defined care pathways. These are:
1. Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder including patients with severely disturbed behaviour, requiring consideration of complex pharmacological issues, or initiation of Clozapine.
2. Eating Disorders We offer tube feeding, have paediatric nurses on the staff and treat young people detained under the Mental Health Act.
3. Complex Neuropsychiatric Disorders including young people with Learning Disability and Autism presenting with possible emerging psychiatric disorders in the context of severely challenging behaviours who may also require admission to our Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).
4. Young people with Borderline Personality Disorder with severely challenging or high risk behaviours, who may also require admission to our PICU.
Most of the young people admitted to the Centre arrive in crisis. Our aim is to assess their mental health rapidly and thoroughly to get them started on the road to recovery, aiming to reintegrate them back into their families and schools as soon as possible.
We identify the primary aims of admission within the first few days. Using a multidisciplinary approach, the process of assessment and treatment is further refined. For the majority of young people, we have a clearer idea of their treatment pathway within two weeks.
Each young person will receive a comprehensive medical, nursing and psychological assessment, leading to a bespoke individual care and treatment plan.
Our recovery model is based on the premise that adolescence is a time of considerable developments in a young person’s life. As a result, our interventions are designed to help healthy growth continue through their recovery.
For most acute conditions, we regard the optimum window of treatment effectiveness to be between 6 to 8 weeks. A poor response to treatment beyond this timeframe normally indicates the illness has moved into a more chronic phase that may require more prolonged and intensive input, and recovery may be slower or partial.
We offer a broad range of interventions including:
Highly specialised psychiatric assessments and treatment
• Autism assessment undertaken by staff with specialist training in this area
• Specialised psychology assessments and treatment programmes, including cognitive and personality assessments
• Individual therapy (CBT, Occupational Therapy, DBT, supportive psychotherapy)
• A rich group programme comprising therapeutic groups (e.g. managing feelings such as anger and anxiety, mindfulness, relapse prevention, social skills, transitions) and recreational group activities (sports, gardening etc)
• Systemic Family Therapy, art and music therapies
• Family and parenting support with provision for families to stay onsite if necessary
• On-site education managed by Newham Education and providing an extensive range of subjects to suit a variety of abilities. Our teaching staff liaise closely with each young person’s own school or college with the aim of successfully reintegrating the young person back into education in the community by the time of discharge
• Effective liaison, discharge and aftercare planning in collaboration with the community teams starting from the point of admission.
The ward has a multi-disciplinary team including mental health nurses, clinical support workers, clinical psychologists, a consultant psychiatrist and medical staff.
They work in partnership with the young person's family, care co-ordinators, social workers, education staff and GPs to support the young person throughout their inpatient stay.