Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
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Gerry Simon Clinic

Who is our service for?

  • Males
  • Aged 18-70
  • Living in West Midlands Regional Health Authority area
  • Who have learning disabilities, challenging behaviours and complex mental health needs
  • Who have been diverted or transferred from the criminal justice system

How do we help?

We give 24-hour treatment in a low-secure, hospital environment. A consultant psychiatrist leads a range of staff in caring for patients. The nurses build therapeutic relationships with a patient. Nurses involve patients in their own care planning, and make sure they are fully aware of their rights. Nurses can also advocate someone’s needs when this is required.  The Consultant Psychiatrist acts as the person’s Responsible Clinician. Other members of the team giving support include:

  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech and language therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Activity team and a gym instructor

These staff members have a range of ways to support someone towards feeling better both mentally and physically.

Patients have their own bedroom, and share a family-sized living space and a large area where therapeutic activities take place. They also have a computer suite, a treatment room, a visitor’s room, and a large, secure landscaped courtyard. There are three houses in the clinic, called Willow, Sycamore, and Cedar. Each house supports someone at different stages of their care pathway.

Patients are encouraged to take part in a full range of educational and recreational activities. Our dedicated activities team help run these activities. We also encourage and support community integration, and can provide our own transport to help people visit places in the community while on leave from the hospital.

Our aim is to create a secure, supportive, and caring treatment environment. This gives patients the chance to become responsible members of the community, living as independently as possible.

Who can refer into our service?

We receive referrals from Consultant Psychiatrists within Community Learning Disability Teams, Probation Services, Courts, and Specialist Commissioning Team (West Midlands). Members of our admission panel screen all potential admissions.  All admissions are planned.

What about carers and families?

Family and carer involvement is encouraged throughout a patient’s stay on the clinic. We have also found that patients are happier to participate in treatments when there is joint participation from carers and family members.

Visits can be made on weekday evenings, and on weekend afternoons and evenings. Depending on issues of clinical risk, we also encourage patients to plan supported/supervised visits to family and carers. These visits help someone maintain family ties and relationships in the community.

How do you reach us?

The nursing staff team work on the clinic 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Gerry Simon
Heath Lane Hospital
Heath Lane
West Bromwich
B71 2BG
Tel: 0121-612-8408

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