Huntercombe Hospital Roehampton is a psychiatric intensive care hospital (PICU) in South West London for men and women with complex mental health conditions. We provide intensive care to stabilise patients as quickly as possible so that they can either move directly back home or, if necessary onto further treatment in a community or hospital setting.

We believe that our PICU service has some additional features not seen in other PICU services.  These include:

 

Treatment starting on day of admission

Treatment starting on day of admission

Our service provides round the clock multi-disciplinary assessments, treatment and care on site. This means that regardless of what day of the week a person comes into our service, their treatment starts immediately. Therapy is available in the evenings and at weekends. This leads to quicker recovery and discharge

Access to therapies not typically available in PICU settings

Access to therapies not typically available in PICU settings

Our therapy department includes psychology, occupational therapy and art therapy. Research indicates that creative therapies such as art therapy can be beneficial to patients who struggle to articulate their experiences with words alone. As we are uniquely located next to Roehampton University, who offer MA training in Art, Drama, Music and Dance Movement therapy, we are now hosting training placements for the university. In return our patients are benefitting from these additional HCPC accredited creative therapies delivered by trainees under the supervision of our Art Therapist.

Genuine commitment to reducing restrictive practices

Genuine commitment to reducing restrictive practices

To reduce restrictive practices, we have introduced Safewards, a validated model for conflict management. All our patients have access to their mobile phones and to the internet; there are no blanket restrictions. We also work with Real Insight, a group of inspirational people with lived experience, who are working with us to improve overall patient experience and to ensure our patients become active partners in their care every step of the way. We have also increased the level of training for our staff on how to proactively manage risk behaviours.