Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) low secure services

A service designed to meet a young person’s mental health needs safely and effectively, in the least restrictive environment.

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We offer a service for young people who need an intensive therapeutic and rehabilitative programme in a low secure setting. Priory provides low secure services for young people with complex mental health presentations that may include serious self-harm and complex eating disorders.

Service overview

Priory’s low secure services have 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. Interventions may include:

  • Specialist individual therapy using specific models such as schema therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • 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 art therapy
  • An expert multidisciplinary team 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

Referrals and admissions

Our low secure services use an innovative and collaborative approach to work with young people who:

  • Present with significant emotional difficulties and severe self-harming behaviours
  • May struggle with dietary restriction and need nasogastric tube feeding
  • May have escalated in their risks and become ‘stuck’ within an inpatient setting
  • May have suffered major trauma and present with complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD), attachment disorder or an emerging personality disorder
  • Need the safety of a secure setting

This service provides specialist low secure inpatient treatment for young people referred from other inpatient CAMHS services, local authority funded children services or tier 3 community services.

All referrals receive a full pre-admission assessment by members of the multidisciplinary team. All admissions are planned and emergency admissions are not generally available.

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Contact us for help, referrals or more information

For further information on Priory services offered to the NHS, or to make a referral, please call our dedicated 24/7 customer service centre.

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