Our Additional Support Unit (ASU) is located in Exeter and provides a service for men and women aged 18 years and over with a learning disability and a mental health problem whose needs can’t be met within mainstream services, despite reasonable adjustments.
Please watch our short video on the ASU here
Admissions are co-ordinated through the senior nurse manager, Blue light meetings and referrals are received through the learning disability consultant psychiatrist and ward manager.
On the basis of the information learned from the assessments, the multi-disciplinary team, working in partnership with the individual, their family and/or carers will develop a statement which describes our best understanding of the reasons why the individual is experiencing difficulties.
This formulation enables us to develop a detailed plan of care that is shared and reviewed by working in partnership.
We provide specialist assessment and treatment for adults with learning disabilities presenting with acute needs, in a crisis.
Our multidisciplinary team use the framework of Positive Behavioural Support and Active Support, focusing on person centred care and utilising the individual’s strengths.
Our ASU is a comfortable, safe and helpful place for people who use the service, as well as their family, friends or paid supporters.
We work in partnership with the individual, their family and carers, alongside colleagues at the RD&E and other Devon Partnership NHS Trust mental health services and aim to provide the following:
A range of appropriate evidence based interventions will be considered by our team, the individual, their family and carers.
We work alongside our colleagues from the Intensive Assessment and Treatment Teams(IATT) who take a care coordination role and our social care colleagues to support the necessary documentation to facilitate discharge. We take an active role in facilitating transition to improve the success of discharge. We will work alongside teams/ and provider services to support the development of their skills to support people to their new home.
Primarily you will be supported by our nursing team who will work alongside the multi-disciplinary team made up of psychiatry, psychology, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy.
We want to provide an excellent service to the individual and their family and/or carers.
Individuals will be asked weekly how services could improve and on discharge will get the opportunity to take part in our survey to make more detailed comments.
Relatives and carers will be contacted weekly by telephone to be given an update on how the individual is making progress, and asked how services can be improved. They will be invited to care reviews and invited to contribute.
At the end of an person's stay they will be invited to take part in our survey to make more detailed comments.