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High dependency units (HDUs), Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Some young people may present with levels of risk and complexities that require care and treatment in a HDU setting. Our HDUs offer a more secure environment with increased numbers of specialist nursing staff.

Our HDU service offers:

  • 24/7 crisis inpatient admissions
  • The use of medication to reduce levels of arousal and distress, and to treat any underlying disorders
  • The least restrictive environments ensuring safety whilst promoting privacy and dignity
  • Comprehensive multidisciplinary assessments and planning of ongoing care
  • Highly experienced multidisciplinary teams
  • Care for both informal and detained young people

Some of the hospitals that provide a HDU also offer treatment including:

  • Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR), family therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and creative therapies

Following admission, our specialist multidisciplinary team will work closely with the young people and their families to develop specific care plans to effectively manage their risks in the least restrictive manner, whilst treating their underlying condition.

The team recognise that admission to a HDU setting, and the associated restrictions to maintain safety, may be a difficult and upsetting experience.  Therefore we work hard to maintain good communication and engagement in care planning, with young people and families, throughout the admission process.

We will always aim to enable a young person to step down to a less restrictive setting, such as one of our Tier 4 Acute Units, when it is safe and appropriate to do so, as well as working closely with local professionals from both health and social care teams to plan a safe and timely discharge to the community.

Priory Healthcare and Partnerships in Care sites that offer this service are the Priory Hospital Cheadle Royal, Ticehurst House and Woodbourne. A comprehensive education programme is also offered in our OFSTED registered schools.

For further details on how Priory can provide you with further assistance regarding High dependency units (HDUs), Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), please call 0800 840 3219. For professionals looking to make a referral, please click here

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We treat High dependency units (HDUs), Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) at the following facilities