Our Lewisham operations directorate provides core mental health services for adults of working age who live in Lewisham. This includes:
community mental health teams
promoting recovery services
psychiatric liaison services at University Hospital Lewisham
support for people who are in crisis
At Heather Close in Hither Green, we also provide a complex rehabilitation service for up to 24 adults with longterm mental illness and challenging behaviour. At Heather Close we aim to support people’s recovery and their move towards greater independence in the community.
As a directorate we are proud of the work we do to work in partnership with social care and voluntary sector partners. This is evidenced by the well-developed hospital social work team. As a borough we have a low staff turnover with excellent working relationships between inpatient wards and community services.
We have begun developing a partnership model which will deliver integrated mental health services across the borough. The first service to develop this approach is the newly launched Primary Care Enhanced Service delivered in partnership with Mind.
Our inpatient services are based at the Ladywell Unit, University Hospital Lewisham where we have six wards for adults, including a psychiatric intensive care unit, Johnson PICU.