Inpatient learning disability assessment and treatment services

Our inpatient learning disabilities assessment and treatment services provide highly specialised residential treatment and care for people with learning disabilities within a safe environment.

We provide care to people aged over 18 that require assessment and treatment in a specialist learning disability hospital setting, including those with forensic needs and presenting with challenging behaviour.

All service users and their families or carers are encouraged and supported throughout the assessment and treatment programme. Care is provided as part of the Care Programme Approach (CPA) and service users and their families or carers are seen as an integral part of the care process, and are encouraged to regularly attend and contribute to clinical team meetings and reviews, inpatient treatment planning and post-discharge planning.

Kingswood Intensive Treatment Service provides individual and group therapy sessions to people admitted to the inpatient service. We will help plan and arrange care and support for adults with learning disabilities and their families or carers and provide a range of specialist services. Community teams also liaise with other specialist services to support someone in times of crisis to prevent them from coming into hospital or if they are at risk of their current placement breaking down.

The service is founded on a person-centred approach based on the principles of 'Valuing People' which are rights, independence, choice and inclusion. We are committed to developing and supporting close links with service users' families, their existing and future community support networks. We endeavour to ensure the full participation of the service user as a valued and integral member of the wider community.

Referrals are taken nationally, but the majority of referrals come from London and the surrounding areas. Pre-admission assessments are undertaken following a referral being received.

How to access these services

We take national referrals to our assessment and treatment services. However most referrals are made within the London area, covering Brent, Barnet, Ealing, Enfield, Hammersmith & Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster and surrounding boroughs.

Referrals need to be made by a professional and most commonly this will be a psychiatrist, care manager or care co-ordinator. Before assessment and treatment can be offered, authorisation of funding from the relevant commissioner will be required, if the referral is for an inpatient bed.

Referrals for inpatients are typically planned although they may be affected at very short notice if required.  We do not offer an emergency admission facility. The Kingswood and Seacole Centres are not designated 'Places of Safety' under the Mental Health Act.

To make a referral please contact:

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Learning Disabilities Service
The Kingswood Centre
134 Honeypot Lane
London NW9 9QY

Eileen Cassin, Business Administration & Process Manager:
Tel: 020 8238 0900

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