Now open – Priory Hospital Barnt Green
10 bed female PICU and 13 bed mixed gender acute service
Situated approximately 10 miles South West from Birmingham city centre, this newly refurbished unit will offer a pathway of care within a modern setting, and provide additional support to the mental health of those in the West Midlands region.
Our 10-bedded psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU) provides support for females over 18 years of age. In addition, in the coming months there will be a 13-bedded mixed-gender acute service opening at site.
Across both these services, our teams will be working closely with referring Trusts to achieve minimum lengths of stay, providing an extension to NHS care pathways during times of increasing demand.
The service offers a multidisciplinary team approach, working collaboratively to support patients through periods of crisis. We work closely with patients to promote wellbeing and recovery to ensure the patient remains central to their care. We also work with patients and their families to assess and identify health, social and support needs. We have an overarching philosophy of care that is based on positive behaviour support (PBS) to promote wellbeing and recovery.
Our multidisciplinary team consists of psychiatrists, a nursing team, and a therapies team consisting of psychologists, occupational therapists, social work, and wellbeing activity workers.
Psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU)
Priory's experience of supporting people with complex needs and challenging behaviours, along with co-existing issues (such as substance misuse), puts our new service at the forefront of specialised intensive care. Our psychiatric intensive care services support patients in a severe phase of illness, who cannot be managed in an acute service.
The PICU service offers a therapeutic and supportive environment to promote recovery. Bittell Ward provides large spacious single gender accommodation, therapy and activity space, with open access to fresh air via the secure gardens. The ward also has access to seclusion facilities should it be necessary.
Lengths of stay vary, and are dependent upon individual need and response to treatment. The focus is to move patients to a less restrictive environment once mental state and behaviour has stabilised. We continually liaise with local NHS services to ensure that there is the effective transition of care on discharge or transfer.
Who do we support?
The services would be suitable for:
- Individuals aged 18 years or over in need of psychiatric intensive care who are detained under the Mental Health Act 1983
- Individuals with a wide range of mental health conditions in need of rapid assessment and admission, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week
- Individuals at risk of violence and aggression, and who’s behaviour may be unpredictable
- Those who present signiﬁcant and continued risk to themselves or others, and who have a high absconsion risk in non-secure acute settings
- Patients may be admitted from A&E, acute services, other PICUs, police custody, community services and the community
Enquiries and Referrals
For further information on Priory services offered to the NHS, or to make a referral, please call our dedicated 24/7 customer service centre on 0800 090 1356. Alternatively, click here to submit an enquiry form
Priory is ready to take emergency placements 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for adult acute mental health, adult eating disorders, CAMHS and PICU. To make a referral please call us on