Mental health

We provide a wide range of mental health services across Milton Keynes and the London boroughs of Brent, Harrow, Hillingdon, Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster.

Services are available for people at every stage in their life, for children and young people, working age adults and older people.

The mental health services that we provide are grouped into the following categories:

  • Acute mental health services
    These services provide assessment and treatment for adults with severe mental illness. This may mean a person needs care as an inpatient in hospital or intensive support through a home treatment team in the community.
  • Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)
    CAMHS services are mostly provided in the community, but we also have a specialist inpatient service for 8-13 year olds. Family therapy plays an important role in CAMHS care. We also provide perinatal services to new mothers experiencing mental health problems.

  • Community mental health teams work with patients to develop recovery goals and offer continuity of care. They will assess the needs of the patient to make sure the treatment provided is personalised. They also offer more intensive care when people need it most and help patients to work towards greater independence in managing health and wellbeing.
  • Community recovery services for mental health
    These treatments help people to continue living independently whilst promoting recovery from the outset. This may be through early intervention for people experiencing their first episode of psychosis; through a community recovery team for people who require ongoing support; or through day services.
  • Older people’s mental health and healthy ageing services
    These services provide assessment and treatment of mental illness that is usually associated with older age. Services also support people with young onset dementia, and provide joint mental and physical healthcare for people who are more physically frail or with complex physical illnesses.  

  • Perinatal mental health services
    These services provide psychological and psychiatric care for women in childbearing from conception to 12 months post-natally. 
  • Psychological medicine services
    These services support people who are receiving treatment at general hospitals who also need support with their mental health. These liaison services provide assessment for people who present in A&E and also on wards in general hospitals.
  • Mental health rehabilitation services
    Mental health rehabilitation services provide long-term care for people with ongoing mental health needs in both community and inpatient settings. They provide intensive therapeutic treatments to help people develop their full potential and improve their quality of life. 

  • Single Point of Access Service
    The SPA offers mental health triage for routine, urgent and emergency referrals, information and advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days per year.