Psychosis Service

Location: Bethlem Royal Hospital (with six high dependency beds in Lambeth Hospital)
Mode: Inpatient, outpatient, outreach
Average length of inpatient treatment: 6-12 months
Referrals are accepted from: Consultant Psychiatrists, GP’s CCG’s and self-funded referrals
Beds: 23 Male and Female

Key areas: schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, psychotic depression, psychosis, drug-induced psychosis, delusional disorder, bipolar disorder

Overview

Our service specialises in expert, evidence-based treatment for people with complex and co-morbid psychosis, to enhance their quality of life through recovery and substantially reduce the risk of readmission or expensive
long-term care costs.

We have an internationally renowned team, pioneering treatment interventions and helping people who had no treatment options. The doctors, nurses, pharmacists, phsyicians, occupational therapists, social workers and psychologists attached to our service are experts in their field, with the majority also undertaking research into the causes of psychotic disorders and the effectiveness of both existing and new treatments. Every person undergoes an assessment with the team, and an individual physical and mental health treatment plan is developed.

As this specialist service covers the whole country, admissions are as short as possible, with a view to transferring locally once the care plan can be continued there. We communicate regularly with referring teams and work closely with carers throughout the admission. In addition we have a monthly carers group for past and current families and carers, led by our clinical psychologist, Dr Juliana Onwumere, who has also developed a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on “Caring for People with Psychosis and Schizophrenia” https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/caring-psychosis-schizophrenia

Judith’s story

A couple of months after she’d been in the Psychosis Unit we were standing on a railway station platform, and in a quiet moment she began to sing to herself. It was lovely because that was something I hadn’t heard her do since she’d been ill.

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