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Ticehurst Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Priory Hospital Ticehurst House offers highly specialised and comprehensive inpatient assessment and mental health treatment for young people aged between 12 and 18 years, with a broad range of presentations including severe, high risk and complex mental health difficulties.

The service consists of a:

  • Tier 4 acute service
  • Tier 4 high dependency unit (HDU)
  • Ofsted registered school

Service overview

  • Highly specialised inpatient psychiatric, psychological, nursing and occupational therapy assessment and treatment services
  • Personalised treatment programmes with the opportunity to engage in excess of 25 hours of meaningful activities each week
  • Timetable designed to meet educational, therapeutic and recreational needs
  • Individuals are able to progress between services to best suit their needs
  • A 24/7 service accepting emergency and crisis admissions with onsite, fulltime medical cover
  • A transition for our young people from our HDU to our tier 4 service when level of risk has reduced enough for the young person to be able to continue treatment towards recovery and discharge
  • Progress towards recovery and discharge regularly reviewed at Care Programme Approach (CPA) review. An initial CPA review meeting is held within 14 to 28 days of admission
  • Systemic family therapy
  • Registered with the Royal College of Psychiatrists QNIC peer review and accreditation programme which regularly reviews our services

Our approach

Garden Court

Our tier 4 acute unit is a 13-bedded ward for young females. Aged between 13 and 18, the service provides an individualised, person-centred approach, working closely with young people, families, carers and local services to provide seamless, high-quality care and treatment.

 The service provides:

  • Rapid assessment and admission 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Treatment for young people with a broad range of acute presentations
  • Safe and supportive therapeutic environment
  • Comprehensive educational provision across a range of age and abilities, providing the full national curriculum, vocational courses and work experience, as well as certified numeracy and literacy courses
  • Outcome-driven and evidence-based interventions and care plans flexible to individual needs
  • Access to a wide range of psychological therapies

Inclusion criteria

  • Require assessment and treatment for their mental state
  • Are exhibiting behaviours that are putting themselves and/or others at risk
  • Are informal or detained under the Mental Health Act

Upper Court

Our tier 4 HDU is a 13-bedded unit for young females presenting with severe risk issues and complex needs. The service provides:

  • Rapid assessment and admission 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Safe, supportive and containing environment for young people who might be detained under the Mental Health Act
  • Therapeutic and rehabilitative environment for young females presenting emergent personality disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and severe self-harm or risk to others
  • Highly skilled multidisciplinary team experienced in engaging and working therapeutically with young people with the most severe and complex needs
  • Intensive psychotherapeutic interventions
  • Reduced lengths of stay by facilitating transitions to open units onsite

Inclusion criteria

We provide a step-down service for a young people who have been treated in a secure psychiatric setting. Complex and severe psychiatric and psychological presentations include:

  • Emerging personality disorder
  • Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Attachment disorders
  • Severe psychosis
  • Severe obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Severe mood disorder
  • Young people with multiple diagnoses and co-morbidities including illicit substance misuse

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

About this location
Priory Hospital Ticehurst House
East Sussex
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Telephone 01580 202 270
Fax 01580 201 006
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