The Springs Unit is a 16-bed specialist mental health service for adult males with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Asperger's Syndrome (AS) or High Functioning Autism (HFA). We provide a person-centred approach to health care in a centre of excellence, providing a low secure rehabilitative environment to facilitate the safe and effective management of service users with behavioural problems.
Aims of admission include diagnostic assessment, management of mental health and behavioural problems, rehabilitation and optimisation of adaptive living skills, and identification of appropriate long term placements. The service is closely linked with the Springs Wing which acts as a 'step-down' facility from the Springs Unit.
The service is for male users between 18 and 65, who have had a formal diagnosis of autism, including Asperger's Syndrome, or who display autistic traits and need further assessment in a specialised setting. Individuals may also have challenging behaviour or a forensic history, or may be detained under the Mental Health Act.
The Springs Unit MDT addresses the needs of service users by integrating diverse disciplinary perspectives, including psychiatry, psychology, occupational therapy and nursing. Care involves family and significant others to facilitate re-integration into the mainstream community. Service users are empowered to achieve their potential, within a programme that preserves dignity and promotes and protects legal and human rights.
Our client group may include those who present with a forensic history and who require treatment in a low secure rehabilitation and recovery service.
We understand that for some people coming into hospital can be a confusing and stressful experience. On the Springs Unit we want your admission to be as straightforward and stress free as possible. To help with this we have worked with our service users to produce a Welcome Guide which will explain about life at Cygnet Hospital Harrow.