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Mental Health

East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) provides mental health and associated services for Bedford Borough.

The services are:

  • Adult, older adult mental health and learning disability services
  • Adult rehabilitation and recovery services
  • Child and adolescent mental health services


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 seven 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 seven 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 two locations:

  • At the Weller Wing in Bedford on the South Wing Hospital site
  • Townsend Court in Dunstable

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.