High Intensity Services

Our High Intensity Services are for individuals who have profound and severe needs and risks in relation to challenging behaviours. These often relate to their learning disability, autism spectrum disorder, personality disorder, self-injury and aggression. People with these needs have often experienced breakdown of numerous placements as providers have been unable to meet their complex and interconnected needs and risks.

Our award winning High Intensity Service is recommended for:

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  • Individuals with a learning disability and / or autism spectrum disorder
  • Who present with high levels of challenging behaviour
  • Whose challenging behaviour is unpredictable
  • Where their challenging behaviour poses a significant risk to them, others or property
  • Who require access to a skilled staff response at all times

Key Features of the Service

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  • Bespoke single occupancy, low stimulus apartments designed to keep the individual and the staff team safe, but ensuring a warm, homely and comfortable feel. The apartments have full en-suite facilities, kitchen and living space, alongside staff observation and safe areas and exits. The apartments are situated with full and easy access to private outside garden areas. Furniture is robust and areas padded as appropriate and protection for staff provided where necessary. The apartments are based within the hospital, allowing full use of and access to all teams and facilities in the hospital
  • Intensive treatment programmes which include; functional behavioural analysis, sensory assessment and planning, psychological interventions and occupational, SALT and psychiatric care
  • An individually tailored meaningful activities programme is provided within the apartments and also with access to communal activities within the main service to allow the individual the opportunity to be involved in activities with peers.
  • Daily input from the MDT around observation levels, activities, inerventions and medication management
  • Weekly review by the full MDT to review presentation and progress and identify and agree actions
  • The support of a skilled staff team, 24 hour hours a day, specifically trained in positive behaviour management, autism, co-existing personality disorder and self-injury

Our High Intensity Services aim to deliver the following outcomes:

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  • A reduction in the severity, frequency and duration of behaviours that challenge
  • Improved adaptive functioning, including communication skills
  • Decreased distress
  • Improved mental and psychological health
  • Improved quality of life
  • Increased service user and carer satisfaction
  • Stabilisation and preparation for a move to a bespoke community based setting as appropriate
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