New Hospital Director appointed at Priory Specialist Services in Sussex

Sue was Deputy Hospital Director/ Clinical Services Manager at the Priory Roehampton where she has been since July 2011 and joined the Priory Group from specialist care provider Glen Care, where she was Hospital Director and has previously been Clinical Director at Cygnet. She has a wealth of experience in both Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and secure and complex care. 

The Priory Ticehurst House caters for adults of all ages with severe and enduring mental health problems, requiring either transitional or more intensive rehabilitation with a view to living independently or with support in the community. Specialist interventions are delivered to younger adults with Asperger's Syndrome or an autistic spectrum condition, with seamless progression available onto residential, independence training and vocational programme at Priory Group's Rookery Hove service.

The hospital also offers an acute inpatient service and high dependency unit (HDU), day therapy services and outpatient services for children and young people suffering from conditions such as depression, anxiety and stress, fatigue syndromes, learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorders, self harm, inappropriate sexualised behaviour and psychotic illness.

Both services have a well-equipped school staffed by qualified teachers who work on a ratio of no more than 1:6. The school is also an approved examination centre.

The Priory Heathfield is a 28-bedded hospital for adults aged 18+ with enduring mental and physical illnesses and challenging behaviours.

The aim of the hospital is to ensure optimum quality of life for its patients within the limitations posed by their illnesses. Patients are given the opportunity to develop new skills and to improve old skills through therapeutic interventions and recreational activities. Priory Heathfield offers medium and long-term care and if required can provide a home for life.

Sue Harms said: "I am delighted to be joining a company with such an excellent reputation in the healthcare sector."

"My role is to ensure that the hospitals continue to deliver, and build on, consistently high quality treatment and support to service users and their families. This will re-enforce to healthcare commissioners Priory Group's commitment to providing safe, innovative, high quality services."