Huntercombe Hospital Roehampton is traditionally a psychiatric intensive care hospital (PICU) in South West London for men and women with complex mental health conditions. Alongside our PICU service, we have a 10 bed acute ward for male patients.  The acute service complements our PICU service, as we can make sure that when male patients are well enough they can move seamlessly and as quickly as possible into a ward environment that will better support their ongoing recovery.

We believe that our PICU and acute services have some additional features not seen in other adult mental health hospitals.  These include:

 

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.