The Springs Centre – Mental Health with Autism Spectrum Disorder

The Springs Centre supports up to 15 men with mental health needs and an additional diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and/or a mild learning disability. This new service is funded by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

The Springs Centre is positioned “between” the existing specialist services within the hospital; 16-bed The Springs Unit which provides low secure accommodation and 10-bed The Springs Wing, our open specialist rehabilitation service.

To make a referral, please call our central Referral Line on 0808 164 4450 or send an email to chcl.referrals@nhs.net.

The Springs Centre also provides four rapid or emergency access beds which will support those who may be in crisis or have high dependency needs – for example, if a community placement has broken down or if they are struggling in open rehabilitation environments.

The aim is to keep these placements as short as possible, with the focus being on stabilising the service user so they can return as quickly as possible to their community or open rehabilitation setting.

Support

The team at Cygnet Hospital Harrow are highly experienced in supporting people with neurodevelopmental difficulties such as ASD and all members of staff are trained in understanding ASD and in understanding and creating a supportive environment for all service users.

The multi-disciplinary team (MDT) work together with people to provide a holistic, person centered, comprehensive assessment and care plan. The MDT ensures people’s needs are met in a way that helps achieve stability and discharge to the least restrictive setting.

The MDT is made up of:

  • Ward Manager
  • Assistant Psychologists
  • Consultant Clinical Neuro Psychologist
  • Responsible Clinician
  • Ward Doctor
  • Registered Nurses (RNLD & RMNs)
  • Support Workers
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Assistant Psychologists
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Social Worker
  • Speech and Language Therapist
  • Activities Co-ordinator
  • Dietician

Facilities

All rooms are individual en-suite spaces and the ward also offers social space, a rehabilitation kitchen and a garden. The service encourages a homely feel and is set within a refurbished environment best designed to meet the needs of those using the service.

The hospital is set within quiet and private grounds and is close to numerous local amenities and facilities. The hospital additionally has very good transport links which enables easy community integration and access for family visits.