Ash Ward (Bedfordshire and Luton)
Ash Ward at Oakley Court is an acute inpatient psychiatric unit, providing care to working-age male adults from Bedfordshire. It has 19 beds.
Oakley Court houses two inpatient facilities, Ash (male) and Willow (female) wards, which are 19 and 11 bedded wards, respectively.
Oakley Court is part of a wide range of services available for people who require inpatient support and care with their mental health problems. The service aims to provide short and focused admissions in a 24 hour, seven day a week supportive and safe environment.
It also thrives to establish, develop and maintain effective working relationships with external organisations, stakeholders, statutory and non-statutory agencies which are there to support the patients on their journey to recovery.
As an inpatient care provider, the service focuses on the needs of the individual and provides care that is individualised and promotes recovery and inclusion.
Patients are unable to self-refer into this service.
Referrals for admissions are managed via the crisis resolution and home treatment team (CRHT) for Bedford.
Patients may also be referred through the locality mental health teams or internally from another health professional.
All inpatients have a thorough assessment of their care needs and associated risks.
This leads to the development of a comprehensive, personalised treatment plan, leading to a tailored therapeutic approach focusing on specific needs and issues.
As well as stabilising symptoms of mental illness, patients can access occupational therapies, psychological interventions and a range of other clinical services including regimes of therapeutic medication and the delivery of enhanced physical health care packages.
Each patient’s progress is managed by the clinical team utilising the care programme approach (CPA) which is based on a recovery model.
The unit benefits from a multidisciplinary approach to care, which includes input from the consultant psychiatrists, the staff grade and junior doctors, the modern matron and the clinical ward managers, mental health staff nurses and clinical practice leads, clinical support and recovery workers.
This also includes occupational therapists and instructors and external visiting professionals such as housing officers, social workers and drug and alcohol workers.