Huntercombe Hospital Stafford is a Tier 4 Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) hospital for young people aged 12 to 18 years.

Our hospital is split into three separate wards: Hartley, Thorneycroft and Wedgwood. The wards are split over two separate buildings.
Each building has its own multi-disciplinary team (MDT) catering for young people with different care needs. The original manor house is the setting for our eating disorder service, whilst a further purpose-built building houses both our General Adolescent Unit and
our Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). There is also an on-site school offering education from key stage 3 through to GCSE and A Levels.

Eating Disorders (Wedgwood)

Eating Disorders (Wedgwood)

We provide inpatient treatment programmes for young people with eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia or atypical eating disorders. By addressing the underlying mental health issues, we aim to restore them to a healthy, maintainable weight while helping them achieve a healthy attitude to food, weight and shape. Our highly qualified doctors and therapists work with young people and their families, offering a range of therapeutic groups and workshops to help them think about what is happening to them, feel comfortable expressing their feelings and make positive changes to their behaviours.

Psychiatric Intensive Care (Hartley)

Psychiatric Intensive Care (Hartley)

This is commonly called "PICU". It is a service for young people who are going through a sudden mental health crisis, and who pose a high level of risk to themselves or to others. Patients are assessed as needing immediate inpatient treatment in a safe setting and are admitted under the Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007). We work together with the young person to draw up a treatment plan aimed at trying to get young people back to life in the outside world. It is not unusual for patients to move into our General CAMHS service for a short time before moving on completely.

General CAMHS (Thorneycroft)

General CAMHS (Thorneycroft)

This service is for young people who have a complex mental health issue to deal with. These young people need some time in a safe environment to be able to work through their problems. Some young people may also have a mild Learning Disability or conditions on the Autistic Spectrum. This service can be a step-down from a PICU setting before discharge home or to the community.