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National services

Adult services

National services

Adult services

National services

Adult services

National services

Adult services

National Autism Unit (inpatients)


Location:
 Bethlem Hospital

Contact information:
020 3228 4183

Mode:
 
Inpatient

Referrals are accepted from:
Consultant psychiatrists, commissioners

Overview

An NHS specialist inpatient unit who provides assessment and treatment to men with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and:

  • severe functional impairment due to mental illness
  • behaviour that challenges others

Our multidisciplinary team provides expert treatment for people who have a primary diagnosis of ASD. 

  • We provide person-centred, evidenced-based treatments including a range of skill-building packages to develop life skills and promote independence
  • In addition to individual psychology sessions delivered by Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and British Psychological Society (BPS) registered psychologists, all patients receive 24 hour psychologically informed care and support by the nurses who are all CBT trained
  • We provide NICE guideline based cognitive bevavioural therapy (CBT) treatments for mental health difficulties commonly associated with ASD
  • Our medical team is expert in psychopharmacology of mental disorders co-morbid with ASD
  • We provide a physical and daytime structure ideally suited to people with ASD
  • We work to address both distress and disability
  • The team works collaboratively with local teams, families and carers to develop increased independence and skills to be transferred into the community
  • For those for whom high levels of support have been necessary we can usually help referrers and commissioners identify less restrictive placements