Who is our service for?
We provide a hospital-based ‘step-down’ service for people with learning disabilities and complex needs. Our purpose is to support someone’s transition to the community from hospital. Our service is for men aged 18 to 70. We accept referrals from the West Midlands Health Authority area.
How do we help?
We provide a safe environment for assessing and developing someone’s skills before they move into a permanent community placement. A consultant psychiatrist leads a range of specialist health staff, also known as the multidisciplinary team, in caring for someone. Working in the team are psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and speech and language therapists. Our nurses take the lead in providing therapeutic counselling and care.
The Larches has four single en-suite rooms in modern and homely accommodation. We aim to give someone staying at The Larches the personalised support that will help them on their way to settling back into the community and an independent life. With this in mind, we encourage someone to set their own recovery goals. The person can then count on the support of a range of staff as they move towards these goals at a pace that suits them. As our end goal is helping someone return to the community we encourage people to spend time away from The Larches and do things in the community, such as going shopping or going on leisure trips.
We work with employment and education services to increase someone’s employment opportunities when they do return to the community. We also help to plan future housing and support needs with someone when they are getting close to returning to the community. For instance, we work with Sandwell Community Learning Disability Team and outside agencies in helping people return to their homes or find the community accommodation that best meets their needs.
Who can refer into our service?
We receive referrals from someone’s consultant psychiatrist or care manager.
What about Carers and families?
Families and carers can provide essential support to someone who has been admitted to Newton. We invite them to be involved throughout someone’s stay. Ways in which they can help include:
- providing our staff with information about a person during their admission
- maintaining contact with the person
- being involved in decisions about the person’s care, treatment, and future discharge
We welcome visitors, and support people to keep in touch with family members, carers, and friends.
How do you reach us?
You can contact The Larches at any time. Ask for the nurse in charge when you call.
The Larches at Newton House
Hallam Street Hospital
Tel: 0121 612 8680