Learning Disabilities & Autism

"Our approach is in keeping with our ethos of providing a bespoke person-centred service for our patients. We’re focused on improving their quality of life, developing supportive relationships, and building trust and hope before starting to address more focused areas of need."


We wanted to take this opportunity to outline in more detail our services in Learning Disability and Autism. If you have any questions, or would like to know more, please get in touch with us at the hospital on  01737 764 664  or email us at info@scihosp.co.uk

A little bit about who we are

Aspen Ward and Aspen Annex provides a specialist LD/ASD service located at Shrewsbury Court Independent Hospital, part of the Whitepost Health Care Group. We have a 13-bed locked rehabilitation ward for working age males (18 to 65 years) with Mild-to-Moderate Learning Disability (LD) and/or Autism with co-morbid mental illness.

They may also have a history of offending behaviour and may be on forensic sections of the Mental Health Act; they may also be stepping down from low secure services as they progress along their care pathway or directly from Prisons on Treatment Orders.

And what we're doing in LD/ASD

We’re involving our patients in their care as much as possible, enabling them to gain a sense of control over their lives. 

The main focus for patients admitted to Aspen Ward is to identify their LD and mental health needs and to address any identified problem areas. This may include the treatment of any underlying mental illness, to identify any sensory integration difficulties and any co-morbid physical health problems.

Our multidisciplinary approach also focuses on enhancing their functional abilities and to facilitate their engagement in meaningful activities and therapeutic programmes, which are all aimed at developing their independent skills of daily living.

 

How do we do it differently?

We’re focused on improving their quality of life, developing supportive relationships and building trust and hope before starting to address more focused areas of need.

The early stage of a patient’s journey with us is aimed at multidisciplinary assessment and treatment optimisation, risk assessment, formulation and risk reduction, support, supervision and structure and habitation/rehabilitation.

Our approach is in keeping with our ethos of providing a bespoke person-centred service for our patients. As part of this strategy, we have access to highly skilled professionals who are able to complete specialist assessments and treatment plans promptly within agreed time scales.

We measure the effectiveness of our treatment and interventions based on the positive impact they have on the individual and their family/carers.

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How are the wards set up?

The ward is divided into a large 9-bedded main ward and a smaller sized annex with 4 beds. The ward is staffed by skilled and committed nurses and therapy workers who are supported by an experienced support staff team.

Dr Inwang is our lead Consultant Psychiatrist in Learning Disabilities; he has a specialist interest in Autism Spectrum and other Neurodevelopmental Disorders. He is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy with a Master of Arts degree in Medical Education.

Other professionals within the MDT include Forensic Psychologists and Occupational Therapists and there is provision of therapeutic activities on the ward. This includes a fully equipped sensory room as well as a quiet area. There is a lounge and recreation room with a television and a table tennis table on the ward to provide exercise and skill development for those who may be interested.

There is access to an Occupational Therapy department which provides access to a pool table, laundry and cooking facilities to assist our patients with developing independent living skills. The department also has a gym and access to the internet.

The hospital is located close to local facilities in the community with access to countless leisure opportunities which include the local library, swimming pool and local day centre. There is access to major road links via the M25, A25 and the A217. Redhill is served by a major rail route which facilitates easy access into London and beyond; our patients’ families and carers are able to keep in touch with their loved ones easily.

 

And what’s our success story look like?

Patients who are successful in effectively engaging in their recovery programme with us can either be discharged to an appropriate community placement or moved on to a more independent part of the care pathway, where they can continue with their recovery and rehabilitation.

We pride ourselves in being able to manage some very complex cases with a history of challenging behaviour; those who have done well have been discharged successfully to placements in the community.

We work closely in partnership with families to ensure that we provide the appropriate level of care for their relative and also support them in their own right as carers.

Feel free to get in touch with us at the hospital on  01737 764 664  or email us at info@scihosp.co.uk. We look forward to hearing from you.