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I believe that we need to listen to the people we support at all times, if you don’t listen to them you won’t be getting the best of them, so don’t listen to their diagnosis, listen to the individual.
Tiago Pinto, Clinical Psychologist.


We are here to support individuals through a period of mental health crisis.  You will be supported clinically and therapeutically onto a recovery pathway that enables you to get your life back on track.
 
Our clinical and therapeutic team of Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Occupational Therapists and Speech & Language Therapists work holistically with you, the Mental Health nurses and the support staff on the unit.  The team develop a person centred care and treatment plan with you that meets your identified needs and supports your recovery. Your plan will include your personal timetable, 1:1 and group therapy sessions and a range of social activities at the Star Centre.

 
We listen to the person’s needs, so when you come here we try to understand what things you really enjoy doing, we listen to the things you have some difficulties with and we put a plan around you to support you the best.  Through the spectrum star, one to one input, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and we try our best to bring the person along the care pathway to give them a more fulfilling life.
Tiago Pinto, Clinical Psychologist.
Residential and supported living
pathway house
milton park campus

Mental Health – Frequently asked Question and Answers

1. How to distinguish between personality disorder and autism

Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) can often be misdiagnosed with Personality Disorder (PD) particularly in women. This can be for a number of reasons; the ability some women to hide their autism behind a mask of learnt social skills. ‘I know I should smile and perhaps give someone a hug when I meet them, but I don’t know why’. The fact that the current diagnostic tools where originally designed to find men living with autism. The common misconceptions that autism is still a ‘male only’ condition. 
 
In Ashwood we have added the very latest PD training to our core understanding of autism. Here the clinical team can start to ‘unpick’ the autism from the PD and create a tailored support plan.
 

2. My son is stuck in an inpatient unit

If you son is detained under the Mental Health Act he will be allocated an independent Mental Health Solicitor.  The solicitor should be able to help your son create an appeal against his section and hospital placement.  The appeal will be heard by xxx and they will decide if the section should remain or if it should be removed.
 
Even if you son is not on section he would benefit from an independent advocate who can act on his behalf.  The advocate will help him to put his feelings together and help him during any hearings/tribunals or CPA. 
 

3. Step down from secure hospital

If you are looking for a step down service to a rehabilitation hospital or a community placement it is important to consider the individuals needs and abilities.  What areas of support do they require e.g. developing social skills, independent living skills or specific therapeutic intervention?
 
Milton Park Therapeutic Campus can support people stepping down from low secure hospital placements.  Our Brookdale Clinical and Therapeutic Teams work together to support the individual on their pathway to living in the community.  Our Occupation Therapists help to support individuals to develop independent living skills whilst our Speech & Language Therapists support language development and social communication.  The Brookdale Psychologists work 1:1 and group work to help the individual to overcome specific issues and our Psychiatrists work towards reducing medication.  
 
Pathway House is a robust residential care home that has been designed to support people’s transition out of mental health hospitals.  Click here for more information on Pathway House.
 

4. Women only service 

Women in moments of Mental Health crisis can really benefit from a women only environment.  At Milton Park Therapeutic Campus we have a women’s unit called Ashwood.
 
A key goal on Ashwood is to understand the individual, understand the causes of their difficulties and then build a support plan that meets these identified needs.
 
The ladies on Ashwood also receive specific support on understanding their body, to develop strategies to manage their self care and learn how to protect themselves from being vulnerable in society.  The ladies also learn the independent living and communication skills that we support everyone to achieve. 
 

5.  PICU that understands autism

Milton Park offers PICU (Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit) services for both male and females experiencing a period of crisis and requiring a safe, structured environment to receive proactive treatment and support.
 
The staff use their expertise and understanding of Autism and Mental Health needs to provide a structured and caring environment that meets the challenging needs of the individual.
 
Once stabilised, patients are supported onto the rehabilitation units at Milton Park Therapeutic Campus.
 

6. Support for someone in mental health crisis

Milton Parks PICU (Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit) provides safe, therapeutic and individualised care for those individuals experiencing an acutely disturbed phase of a serious mental disorder. This increased risk to their physical or psychological well-being or that of others, requires them to be assessed and treated in a controlled environment for as short a period as possible.
 
The therapy is provided in line with the Mental Health Policy Implementation Guide for Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (DoH 2002) by our multidisciplinary team, for patients detained under the appropriate Mental Health Act under provisions of Section 2, 3, 35, 37, 28 or 48.