Inpatient and Specialist Care

Inpatient care

Our service provides 24 hour care for anyone with a diagnosis of dementia or adults aged 65 and over with ongoing mental health problems living in the boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark.  We have a total of 60 inpatient beds across our 3 wards.- Aubrey Lewis 1 (Maudsley Hospital), Chelsham (Bethlem Royal Hospital)  Hayworth (Lewisham Hospital).

The majority of people who receive treatment on our inpatient wards are there voluntarily in the same way that people who are physically ill can be admitted to hospital.  For some patients this may be a brief stay for intensive treatment and support, others who suffer from severe and enduring mental illness such as depression, anxiety and psychosis, may need more frequent admissions. 

We also assess and treat patients who are under compulsory treatment orders under the Mental Health Act 2007.

Our aim is to support patients through recovery and rehabilitation. Our occupational therapists work across both community and inpatient services within the Mental Health of Older Adults and Dementia Clinical Academic Group. They work with service users (our patients), their relatives and carers across a range of mental health problems to help them overcome difficulties in their everyday life as well as maintaining independence at home. 

Activities play a great part in treatment and recovery. Exercise and therapeutic groups such as psychology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language and drama therapy as well as more informal activities such as music, relaxation, reading and board games are offered to our patients. All 3 wards have access to a garden with sections dedicated to gardening activities for patients.

Carers, relatives and community volunteers are valued and encouraged to come onto the wards to help and support patients in practical ways.  This could mean talking about memories or helping at meal times. Some of our volunteers provide services such as hairdressing or aromatherapy treatments.   Our staff are also given opportunities to influence how we can improve our care service and we hold regular carers involvement meetings.

Journeys of appreciation programme (JOAP)

This is an innovative three year programme funded by the Maudsley Charity, which engages inpatient service users and staff from the Mental Health of Older Adults and Dementia Clinical Academic Group in museum and gallery visits with follow-up creative and therapeutic workshops.

It helps service users reconnect with the world and experience things that they may have done before their illness. This can help and encourage patient’s life story practice with staff by using the visits and the follow up creative sessions as a way of communicating, providing a sense of wellbeing, social inclusion and recovery.

In the first year of the programme, creative partnerships with Dulwich Picture Gallery, Horniman Museum, Tate Modern and Tate Britain have been established.

Staff and service users who have taken part are beginning to report the benefits; a real sense of freedom by going out and getting off the ward; the joint experience of learning together which is proving to have a positive impact on how the ward ‘feels’ and works on a daily basis.

The project team continue to provide opportunities for all ward staff to join in with the initiative– not an easy task in such a busy and demanding environment. A variety of ward based creative and therapeutic training and workshops are being offered and ways of measuring the impact on the service user experience as well as ward culture is being looked at to aid future development.

AL1 JOAP Poster

JOAP, the case study for Outreach Europe Project 2015

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For more information about our services, contact and staff details, visit our service finder and read our conditions page for more specific information about dementia.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please telephone:

Wards

  • Aubrey Lewis 1 Maudsley Hospital     020 3228 2761
  • Chelsham Bethlem Royal Hospital     020 3228 4373
  • Hayworth Lewisham Hospital             020 3228 0207

Specialist care 

Care arranged as part of NHS continuing healthcare can be provided in a variety of different settings including; care homes, hospices or an individual’s home.  People who need this sort of care are assessed against nationally set criteria which is based on either their physical or mental health. More information about continuing care can be found on the Department of Health’s website

We also assess and treat patients who are under compulsory treatment orders under the Mental Health Act 2007.

Across the country, services have been changing as evidence shows that people with dementia and long term conditions benefit from care in a more homely environment rather than a hospital unit.  Similarly in south east London, we have been improving care at earlier stages of mental illness.  As a result we have fewer people needing long term specialist care.

The South London and Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Foundation Trust has two specialist care units. They are Greenvale (adjacent to Streatham Common) and Ann Moss (in Bermondsey). As the care we provide is specialist, the ratio of registered nursing staff is higher than medical wards. We treat patients who need specialist support, ongoing assessment and review for their mental and physical health care.

SLaM are concentrating resources on support for relatives, carers and care homes for the elderly and mentally ill. We will continue to provide long term care for those people who need it in our specialist units.  Wherever possible this will be provided in private, residential or nursing homes.  These homes will be backed up by our specialist professional mental health community teams – which include end of life hospice staff, speech and language therapy, psychologists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists - who are able to provide expert support, training and advice to care home staff.

For more information about our services, contact and staff details, visit our service finder and read our conditions page for more specific information about dementia.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please telephone:

Specialist care units

  • Ann Moss Southwark                          020 3228 8650          
  • Greenvale Lambeth                            020 3228 8010

         

         

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