Low secure unit (LSU) Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Low secure unit (LSU) Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Our LSU offers a longer stay facility for young women with a history of serious self-harm and complex needs who need an intensive therapeutic and rehabilitative programme in a low secure setting.

This service provides specialist low secure inpatient treatment for young women referred from other inpatient CAMHS acute or secure units, Local Authority secure units or Tier 3 community services.

All referrals receive a full pre-admission assessment by members of the multidisciplinary team (MDT). All admissions are planned and therefore emergency referrals cannot be taken.

Our low secure provision uses an innovative and collaborative approach to work with young people who:

  • Present with significant emotional difficulties and severe self-harming behaviours
  • May escalate in their risks and become ‘stuck’ within inpatient settings
  • May have suffered major trauma and present with complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attachment disorder or an emerging personality disorder
  • Need the safety of a secure setting and a defined treatment stay of 6-18 months

Our low secure service has an enviable record of success with young people who have found it difficult to progress in other settings. A safe and nurturing approach underpins the treatment plan for a young person which will also include:

  • Specialist individual therapy using specific models such as schema therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) including weekly groups, top-up sessions, homework and ‘moment by moment’ coaching on the ward by nursing staff
  • Family therapy
  • A comprehensive rehabilitation programme led by our occupational therapy team including building life skills in community settings
  • Creative therapies including music therapy
  • A comprehensive education programme in our Ofsted registered school
  • An expert MDT led by a consultant psychiatrist
  • Individualised nursing care plans and keyworker sessions
  • Specialist assessments and regular care programme approach (CPA) review meetings
  • Comprehensive planning of discharge packages to maximise ongoing progress
  • Social and recreational activities including physical exercise and sport

The Priory site that offers this service is The Priory Hospital Cheadle Royal.

For further details on how Priory can provide you with further assistance regarding Low secure unit (LSU) 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 Low secure unit (LSU) Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) at the following facilities