Adult Mental Health
Huntercombe Hospital Roehampton is a Mental Health Hospital in South West London for men and women with complex mental health conditions.
At Huntercombe we believe in better. At our Roehampton hospital we care for those who are facing the hardest challenges and need the greatest level of support. We’re not just here to help someone feel protected and safe, we’re here to help them get better and to move forward in their lives.
Our Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) has a long-standing reputation for helping men going through a mental health crisis. To complement this service, we also provide an acute service that allows individuals to move seamlessly and quickly from a PICU service to a less secure setting once they reach a certain stage in their recovery journey. We admit patients from across the UK and we welcome patients to our acute service from other PICU hospitals, as well as part of the discharge pathway from our own service.
The men who are referred to our PICU service are detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007), because they pose a high risk to themselves or to others. For our acute service, we support both detained and voluntary patients, including individuals who need alcohol or drug detoxification and individuals who are under a Community Treatment Order (CTO) which has been revoked.
Our Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) at Huntercombe Roehampton is led by Medical Director and Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Mike Alcock. Patients are further supported by two other Consultant Psychiatrists, Dr Shakeel Ahmed and Dr Agron Ramadani and a host of other specialists including a clinical psychologist, occupational therapist and art therapist.
In addition to our adult Mental Health Hospital, we also have three specialist residential services located in the North West of England. Both Blackburn Road and Whalley Road provide care, support and rehabilitation to adults with a diagnosed mental health condition. Oswald House supports vulnerable women with complex mental health conditions.
Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (PICU) are small specialist wards, normally gender-specific, that provide immediate inpatient assessment and treatment to individuals who are going through a sudden and serious mental health crisis, and who pose a high level of risk to themselves or to others. These patients need to be cared for at short notice in a secure setting that keeps them safe.
Most patients are admitted from other hospitals or directly from the community if there is concern for their safety. All patients are detained under the Mental Health Act, 1983 (2007).
Commonly following a short stay in a PICU ward, patients are discharged to an acute service for ongoing treatment once the immediate crisis is over or risky behaviours are under control. Some patients are able to go straight home if they have made a full recovery.
Acute units are for individuals who either need to ‘step-down’ from a PICU setting or who have complex, severe or prolonged mental health issues but do not need a PICU setting. Patients on acute wards are either detained or there voluntarily. With intensive support from a specialist Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT), patients have the opportunity to work through their mental health problems in a safe environment.
Our three residential services are purposely small but each one has a homely feel.
Our primary aim is to help individuals improve to a point where they no longer need to stay within our service. We don’t just focus on self-care and daily living skills, we look at building confidence through the learning of new skills and encouraging the trying out of new hobbies and activities. We use the nationally recognised ‘Recovery Star’ model to help the people we care for recognise the goals they achieve.
Conditions we manage
- Anxiety Disorders
- Axis type 1 disorders such as mania or schizophrenia
- Depression (severe)
- Drug-induced Psychoses
- Mood Disorders
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Personality Disorder
- Psychotic Episodes (unexplained)
- Schizoaffective Disorders
- We also manage individuals who are experiencing an increase in risky behaviours such as absconding, self-harm, suicide attempts, arson, violence and aggression and sexually inappropriate behaviours.
Because PICUs manage some of the most clinically unwell and acutely risky patients, the aim of a PICU is to manage and reduce the risks associated with these acute episodes of illness as quickly as possible. As patients only stay a very short time in a PICU setting before being moved on, it has not been possible to produce a meaningful outcomes report. With the recent addition of an acute service, we hope to share some patient outcomes with you in the future.