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Mental Health

Local Authority mental health services are part of a combined mental health trust with health staff known as the South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust.  The Trust is the mental health and specialist learning disability NHS Trust for Bedfordshire, Essex and Luton  and provides high quality mental health services for all ages and specialist learning disability services for adults.

Staff work in community mental health teams (opens in new window) throughout Bedfordshire. They are responsible for supporting people with mental illness and for assessing the support needs of carers. 


Early intervention

The Early Intervention Team works with people between the ages of 16 to 35 years who have an incidence of a first psychosis. The aim is to work closely with GP practices and other referrers such as colleges to treat people at an early stage to prevent them developing long-term mental illness.


Assertive outreach

There is an Assertive Outreach Team based in Bedford. The role of the team is to work with people with long term mental illness who have need of increased care and support. The team operates 7 days a week.   


Crisis resolution

There is a County wide Crisis and Home Treatment Team. The aim of the team is to offer alternatives to hospital admission to people in a crisis. The service operates 7 days a week /24 hours a day.   


Community mental health teams

These are multi-disciplinary teams that work both with people with long-term conditions and those who have shorter term mental health problems. A range of interventions are supplied from anxiety management to long term support. The teams link into primary care and also assist in the discharge of patients from acute psychiatric units.   


Day care services

There is a range of health, social services and voluntary provision with close links between them. The services range from 'drop in' to vocational training and services to assist people into employment.  


Secure services

There is a secure service on the Luton and Dunstable Hospital site known as the Orchard Unit. The presence of this low secure provision means that this service can be provided locally for people. There are close links with Community Mental Health Teams.   


Acute inpatient services

Acute beds are provided at 2 locations.
1. At the Weller Wing in Bedford on the South Wing Hospital site
2. Townsend Court in Dunstable.  


What you can expect from mental health services

Staff will carry out an carers assessment to establish what support you require and give you a care plan.
Support can be offered via Rethink in the form of individual support , carers group, information or services supplied via the carers grant .  


How we measure standards

Services are monitored by a Partnership Management Group and the Mental Health Partnership Board, and regulated by the Care Quality Commission.

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