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Description of The Huntercombe Hospital - Maidenhead

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This hospital is dedicated to the provision of a high quality clinical service, delivered in a therapeutic environment, assessing and treating young people experiencing psychiatric disorders and emotional problems. These include eating disorders, severe mental illness and for those suffering both mental health and substance misuse difficulites.

Building on many years of experience, we are recognised as leaders and innovators in supplying care for severely mentally ill adolescents.

Our experienced team of doctors, nurses, therapists, teachers and social workers offers each young person a treatment programme tailored to their individual needs and the needs of their family.

Our hospital is a Grade 1 listed building, set in extensive grounds, providing a calm, secure and high quality environment, conducive to growth, healing and development.

In all our services, the religious, cultural and ethnical requirements of the people we care for are addressed, as are our obligations under the Children's Act and the Mental Health Act. The hospital is regulated by the Healthcare Commission.

Our Team

Although all our clinical services are consultant led, we place a strong emphasis on the multidisciplinary team approach and patients' care plans and reviews are agreed with the input of all team members.

Our specialist teams are experienced in working with young people who have encountered a wide variety of problems including trauma, psychosis, bereavement, depression, anxiety, behavioural and developmental disorders and eating disorders. We directly employ all our clinical staff, including our own psychiatrists, who are trained and experienced in adolescent care, with particular expertise in managing patients with complex needs.

Referral Procedure

We welcome referrals from the consultant or designated team member from the patients local provider service. We offer both urgent and lower risk admissions.

Working in partnership with the local team right from the point of assessment ensures effective discharge planning and implementation of appropriate longer-term treatment.

Treatment Services
  • General Adolescent Psychiatric Service
  • Psychiatric Intensive Care Service
  • Eating Disorders Service
General Adolescent Psychiatric Service

Our general adolescent unit provides an assessment and treatment service for young people between the ages of 13 and their 20th birthday, who are suffering from mental distress or diagnosed mental illness. We are able to help young people with mood disorders, psychotic disorders, post traumatic stress disorder or emerging personality disorder through our comprehensive programmes.

Our young patients are safely looked after in an open environment, where they need and can accept treatment out of their immediate family or care setting.

Our team of specialists also has at its disposal the advantage of having a secure intensive care unit and an open unit on the same site. This enables us to take a fully integrated team approach to the treatment of individuals across the two units and allows us to offer reversible care pathways, for example, the facility to 'step down' from the intensive care environment or 'step up' from the informal setting if required. It also ensures continuity of care since the same therapists work with the young people across the units.

Assessment and Consultation

Detailed assessment by our multi-disciplinary team in consultation with the referrer enables treatment options to be considered in an informed manner. The young person and his/her parents or carers are invited to visit the unit and meet our care team to discuss the goals and limits of admission, treatment interventions and management of possible risk.

We offer a short term assessment programme, designed to provide a comprehensive assessment of mental health needs which takes approximately six weeks to complete. It includes psychiatric, psychological and systemic assessments together with an occupational therapy assessment of living skills. The assessment is practically oriented and includes a risk assessment together with risk management plans.

Should the initial assessment indicate that the patient would benefit from a longer term treatment programme, this is discussed and agreed with the patient, the parents or carers and the referring team. Treatment is individually tailored but generally includes medication, individual therapy, group therapy and family therapy.

Transition from an intensive care environment to an informal setting can be a difficult and often stressful experience for a young person. Our general unit enables patients to step down towards rehabilitation back into the community and complements our intensive care service by maximising the likelihood of a smooth transition between the two settings.

The School Unit

Our educational service provides 4 hours per day of small group learning, therapeutically orientated to stimulate the interest and self esteem of young people who have often not succeeded in the mainstream system. We liaise closely with the young person's school so that disruption to their education is minimised. For older adolescents, teaching staff are also able to provide advice and practical support in identifying post-school occupation/education.

Outpatient Care and Follow Up

We have a carefully planned and structured programme to provide ongoing support. Prior to discharge, we hold comprehensive discharge and aftercare planning meetings with the family and community professionals and agree the provision of follow-up care.

Psychiatric Intensive Care Service

Our psychiatric intensive care service operates from a high quality, secure locked facilities, developed specifically for the assessment and treatment of young people of both sexes, between the ages of 13 and their 20th birthday.

The young people we look after are diagnosed as, or suffering from, severe mental illness and require intensive care due to concerns they pose to themselves or others. We are successfully treating adolescents with complex and previously treatment resistant mental health problems, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), emerging personality disorder and early onset psychosis. Furthermore, in response to our young peoples' needs, we have developed our existing service to manage adolescents who are referred for both mental health and substance misuse difficulties. It is a statutory requirement that all patients must be detained under the Mental Health Act prior to and during their admission.

Assessment and Treatment Programme

The assessment and treatment programme has been designed and developed specifically for the needs of the adolescents we look after. The first six weeks of the admission consists of a multidisciplinary assessment period during which we identify more detailed therapeutic goals and reach a decision regarding the appropriateness of a longer term treatment programme.

Our therapy programmes incorporate a combination of well-established treatment methods such as Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). Our staff are in the process of being trained in the principles of Mentalisation Based Therapy (MBT), a therapy that has been specifically developed to work with people with emerging personality disorders. We support our staff by training them to respond to patients in a therapeutic manner and helping them to manage the emotions that they themselves experience in their work with this challenging patient group.

We liaise with the National Forensic Service for Adolescents over cases with specific, defined forensic needs.

Treatment is individually tailored, but generally includes medication, individual therapy (psychodynamic or cognitive behavioural), group therapy and family therapy.

The School Unit

Our specialist educators provide one to two hours per day of individual or small group learning, therapeutically orientated to stimulate the interest and self-esteem of young people who have very often not succeeded in the mainstream system.

Eating Disorders Service

The eating disorder service admits young people of both sexes from the ages of 12 to 25 years, suffering from severe eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa or other eating disorders that have not responded to less intensive methods of treatment.

Our dedicated eating disorder unit is self contained with its own separate therapy and living areas and is staffed 24 hours a day by trained specialist nursing teams. Individual and group leisure activities form an integral part of treatment, along with support for further education. Patients are generally admitted for treatment seven days a week but, as they progress towards discharge, they and their families are supported in their reintegration into normal life by the gradual introduction of periods of weekend leave.

Religious, cultural and ethnic requirements are addressed, as are obligations under the Children's Act and the Mental Health Act.

Assessment and Consultation

Referrals are welcomed from the consultant or designated team member from the patient's local provider service. The hospital's eating disorders team consultant or associate specialist will discuss the case with the referrer by telephone the same day, to agree an immediate or short term action plan.

To ensure patient safety, those who are physically or psychologically unsafe to remain in the community can be admitted within 24 hours (on working days) to our two week emergency admission programme for intensive medical and nursing care.

A structured six week programme to help the patient and their family reach a point at which the patient is able to make a successful transition to continuing recovery as an outpatient (usually with their locality team) is also available, as is a more comprehensive programme. This individualised programme helps the patient and their family reach a point at which the patient is able to make a successful transition to continuing recovery as an outpatient, when it has not been possible to achieve this through the six week admission programme, or when it has been predicted to be unlikely to be possible or safe to attempt this through the six week programme.

Recovery from severe eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa generally takes two to three years from commencing treatment. The transition from inpatient treatment to outpatient treatment is a time of increased risk of early deterioration and for some individuals this risk can be effectively managed by a period of day patient treatment, prior to outpatient outpatient treatment. Following an initial transitional period, ongoing outpatient treatment will generally be with the patient's local mental health services, the details of which will be finalised during the admission.

In some circumstances it will be agreed that we continue the outpatient treatment at our hospital.


The Huntercombe Hospital - Maidenhead is easily reached by road, rail and air. The centre is situated just off junction 7 of the M4 motorway near Maidenhead, a 10 minute drive from Slough train station and within a mile of Burnham and Taplow mainline stations. Heathrow Airport is a 15 minute drive away, Gatwick Airport is an hour's drive, and London is approximately half an hour by car.

The Huntercombe Hospital - Maidenhead Features

Pets Allowed
Private Garden
Private Garden
Smoking Allowed
(within the grounds)
Disabled Access
Disabled Access
Special Diet
Special Diets
(other than English)
Place for Worship
Place Of Worship
(includes a quiet room)
Organised Activities
Support Services To Residents
Access to support services (such as an optician, nutritionist, chiropodist, physiotherapist)
Can deal with behavioural issues
Care provided in the resident's home
Communal dining area/lounge area
Daily baths/showers
Dignity Champion
End of life support
Family/carer can stay for the night
Flexible meal times
Flexible visiting times
Independent living training
Individual care plan for each resident
Local authority run care homes
On-site hairdresser available
Palliative Care
Support for residents to spend short breaks at family homes
Warden-assisted sheltered housing
Room Facilities
Emergency call system in room
Internet Access / WiFi
Telephone point in bedroom
TV point in bedroom
Residents can bring their own furniture

Location and Transport
Near public transport
Near shops and/or amenities
Own mini-bus or equivalent

Care Home Features
Close care unit
Lift/stairlift access to upper floor
Secure entrance/keypad access
Separate dementia unit

Contact Details

The Huntercombe Hospital - Maidenhead
Huntercombe Lane South

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Care Services

Care Home Type: Conventional Care Home

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Care Duration:
Convalescent Care
Day Care
Emergency Placements
Long Term
Short Stay
Trial Stay
Special Care:
Mental Health

Diets Catered For: All Diets Catered For


ServiceRoom Types
Mental Health Single

GP Services

Retain own GP: No
GP rounds: Not stated
GP round durations: Not stated

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