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Specialist Care

Russell Patton
Group Director
Dr Steve Moorhead
Group Medical Director
Anne Moore
Group Nurse Director

Our Specialist Services are divided into two directorates:

Our Specialist Services provide a range of assessment, treatment and rehabilitation services for patients that include forensic and specialist services, neurological, autism, addictions and services for children and young people.

We have a range of specialist services that include: the treatment of affective and eating disorders; gender dysphoria services; mother and baby services, services for the deaf and a range of psychological therapies.

Our forensic services provide a range of assessment, treatment and rehabilitation services at medium and low levels of security across our trust sites, as well as services within the community. We care for people with a range of learning disabilities and mental disorders including mental illness and personality disorder, and those who have committed serious offences or who are at risk of doing so.

Our forensic services are commissioned by local, regional and national commissioners and we offer inpatient, outpatient, day services, community teams, outreach clinics, and prison in reach services.

Our forensic service philosophy is based on both patients need and public protection (or risk management). Where possible patients move along a restorative pathway of care, but when this is not possible individuals are cared for in the least restrictive inpatient environment.

Our specialist neurological services provide a range of assessment, treatment and rehabilitation interventions on an inpatient, outpatient, day hospital and community basis to patients who have mental health and/or physical health needs.

Our neurological services are commissioned by both local and regional commissioners and on a cost per case basis.

Our Trust also provides a range of assessment, treatment and ongoing support services to children and young people with a range of mental health problems and learning disabilities. We provide on a range of community services locally. We also provide specialist services to all our local PCTs as well as Durham and Cumbria and others across the country on a cost per case basis. Additionally the Trust provides children and young people's forensic services that are commissioned by the National Commissioning Group (NGC) as part of a national network.

The community services are delivered in partnership with children's Trusts and Local Safeguarding Boards. Services are geared towards returning young people to a normal developmental trajectory to enable them to reach their potential. This includes their ability to function within their family, at school or college with their peers. Services are delivered with the full involvement of the young person and their carers and this is integral to the way the multi-disciplinary service works.

We also offer services to children and young people who have highly specific and complex issues requiring intensive outpatient, outreach, day patient and inpatient care. We also have medium and low secure provision for those children and young people who have mental health problems and learning disabilities who are in contact with the criminal justice system and/or who display serious offending behaviour.

Our adolescent forensic outpatients service provides a multi-disciplinary assessment of risk and needs in the context of the difficulties the young person is experiencing together with evidence based mental health treatment/interventions on an individual, patient-orientated and time limited basis.

The adolescent forensic in-reach service provides mental health services to a number of locally based young offenders institutions, local authority secure children's homes and secure training centres provided by the independent sector. This involves the provision of mental health screening and packages of treatment.

Our addictions service provides assessment, treatment and harm reduction for those with drug or alcohol related problems. Our autism service provide inpatient and community based treatment for patients with autism.

We are constantly working to keep the Service Directory as up to date as we can. If you require an amendment, or spot a mistake, please email the following address: