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Ticehurst Child and Adolescent Mental Health

The dedicated CAMHS pathway at Priory Hospital Ticehurst House provides a comprehensive inpatient specialist mental health service for young people aged from 13 up to 18 years, with a broad range of presentations such as early onset psychosis, emergent personality disorder and ASD with mental disorders.  Treatment is provided via an acute ward and a new purpose-built psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU).

The service consists of: 

Upper Court – 13-bedded female acute ward. This unit is suitable for:

  • Females aged between 13-18 years
  • Individuals suffering from a severe mental health episode
  • Those at risk of causing harm to themselves or others

Keystone – 12-bedded mixed secure PICU. This unit is suitable for:

      • Males and females aged between 13-18 years
      • Those who have been detained under the Mental Health Act
      • Those who pose a high level of risk to themselves and others
      • Those who are likely to abscond

The CAMHS offering at Ticehurst aims to provide the young people in our care with:

      • Rapid assessment and admission 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
      • Care plans are developed in collaboration with patients and reviewed regularly
      • Formulation meetings in the first 2 weeks of admission
      • We aim to conduct our first CPA within the first week for emergency admissions and before the end of the first 28 days for patients admitted under section 2
      • Safe and supportive therapeutic environments
      • Comprehensive educational provision
      • Outcome-driven and evidence-based interventions and care plans, flexible to individuals’ needs
      • Access to a wide range of psychological therapies including OT’s, Family therapy
      • Highly skilled multidisciplinary team
      • High staffing ratios
      • Transition from secure to open units on-site, where appropriate
      • Close collaboration with families/carers, referrers and commissioners
      • Discharge summaries to be sent out within 7 days of discharge to: Community teams, GP’s and commissioners.

Referrals for young people aged 13-18 are accepted to Ticehurst’s CAMHS provision from mental health teams, as well as from social care organisations and the criminal justice system. Following rapid pre-admission assessment, funding must be approved by the appropriate purchasing agency prior to admission.

Ofsted registered independent school

Our school (which is registered with Ofsted) allows young people to access the core National Curriculum and a skills centre that caters for young people.

The school is an approved examination centre, fully staffed with appropriately qualified teachers led by a highly skilled and experienced head teacher.

On admission each young person is assessed by a member of the educational team and an educational programme is developed and adapted to suit the young person’s needs and functional level.

Young people who are in fulltime education can continue to maintain their curriculum with their school or college and links are made to assist with this process. Each young person is supported to achieve and gain confidence and improve their self-esteem to move on to the next stage of their academic or working life when they step down in the care pathway to the community.

We have a strong link with the local Connexions 360 service and many young people benefit from using this to help them look at what further options they have within education and employment.

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

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Priory Hospital Ticehurst House
East Sussex
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Telephone 01580 200 391
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