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National services

Child and adolescent services

National services

Child and adolescent services

National services

Child and adolescent services

National services

Child and adolescent services

Autism and Intellectual Disability Intensive Intervention Team (AID-IIT)


Location: 
Maudsley Hospital

Contact information: 

Michael Rutter Centre

De Crespigny Park
London 
SE5 8AZ

Call: 020 3228 2547


Email:
AIDIIT@slam.nhs.uk

Mode: Outpatient


Referrals are accepted from:
 Community and specialist child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), including consultant psychiatrists and mental health professionals.

If you have any general enquiries about the service, or would like to discuss a potential referral in more depth and receive a copy of our referral form, please email us.

Key areas: out of hospital, supported discharge, Transforming Care, Intellectual Disability (learning disability), autism, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), conversion disorder, challenging behaviour, self-harm, self-injurious behaviour, mental health


Overview

AID-IIT is a Tier 4 national and specialist outpatient CAMHS team covering the London area. We are based at the Maudsley Hospital and work closely with the Service for Complex Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (SCAAND).

Our aim is to reduce or prevent where possible inpatient CAMHS admissions for children and young people with Intellectual Disabilities (ID) and Autism. We offer assessment, consultation, intervention, advice and support to services, families, and young people to try to best meet the needs of young people in the community with Intellectual Disabilities, Autism and complex mental health needs including challenging behaviour.

Sometimes hospital admission is the only option for a young person. When this happens, AID-IIT aims to reduce the chance of a prolonged admission by working in collaboration with the inpatient and local CAMHS team, and other agencies to help an admission be as useful as possible, and to support a timely and successful discharge.

Once a young person is discharged, AID-IIT aim to work with local services to support adolescents, their families and carers in order to prevent re-admission to inpatient care.
Our team puts flexibility and multi-disciplinary perspectives at the core of our work. We offer multi-disciplinary assessment and consultation across London. This may include outreach work to the young person’s home, or in-reach work on an inpatient ward. Our service includes the following disciplines:

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Child and adolescent psychiatry
  • Nursing
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Specialist teacher
  • Social worker
  • Project manager
  • Administration support

Our team specialises in complex presentations of intellectual disability and autism, which may include significant challenging behaviour, self-harm or self-injurious behaviour, severe depression and anxiety, psychosis and aggression.

We provide comprehensive assessments to inform individual care planning to meet the needs of adolescents with these complex presentations, comprehensive consultations about how to implement these care plans in local community services and briefer pieces of specialist intervention which can be handed over to local services to continue. Our service is typically involved for, approximately, a 3-6 month period to support inpatient and community services in their work with young people and their families.

  • Psychology
  • Child and adolescent psychiatry
  • Specialist occupational therapy
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Specialist teacher
  • Behaviour support workers

The AID-IIT service within SCAAND has close links with the specialist outpatient component of SCAAND, as well as a number of specialist Outpatient CAMHS services including the Mental Health of Intellectual Disabilities service. Additionally, we have links with other teams within National and Specialist CAMHS, within SLaM more broadly, King’s Health Partners and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience.

Our team specialises in complex presentations of intellectual disability and autism, which may include significant challenging behaviour, self-harm or self-injurious behaviour, severe depression and anxiety, psychosis and aggression.

We provide comprehensive assessments to inform individual care planning to meet the needs of adolescents with these complex presentations, comprehensive consultations about how to implement these care plans in local community services and briefer pieces of specialist intervention which can be handed over to local services to continue. Our service is typically involved for around a three-month period to support inpatient and community services in their work with young people and their families.

If this was not what you were looking for:
The SCAAND services see young people who have, or might have, neurodevelopmental disorders like autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or learning disability with additional mental health or behaviour problems, as well as young people with psychological problems associated with head injury, functional conditions or genetic conditions. Our teams work together and refer between services as necessary.

This page relates to the NHS England funded AID-IIT service to support young people with Intellectual Disability and Autism Spectrum Disorder from across London who are at risk of hospital admission. Alternatively, you can find details of outpatient services offered by SCAAND here.

For young people who do not have a complex autism presentation, you may be looking for our specialist outpatient teams who see young people with a range of neurodevelopmental presentations: