The service aims to help young people and families who are experiencing complex psychological or emotional and behavioural difficulties in the context of a mental disorder.
The Tier 4 Specialist Services are provided by Cwm Taf Health Board. These services, through a whole systems approach, offer integrated acute and crisis service provision.
The service is provided for children and young people from 12 years of age and above (11 year olds will be considered if they are in secondary education and sufficiently mature to benefit from the regime). The upper age is 16 years (31st August in their 16th year). In addition, we will see young people up to their 18th birthday if they are still in school (this definition of school does not include college).
Referrals are accepted from across South, Mid and West Wales (including Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan). Most referrals are planned in advance – are assessed within 2 weeks and admitted within a further 2 weeks. Emergency referrals take priority and a young person will be seen within 12 hours and admitted within a further 24 hours.
The service has the capacity to admit 11 general admission and 3 emergency admission patients.
Liaison with the young person’s family and environment are key elements in the care and treatment package. Treatment includes medication, group work, education, family and individual therapy. The Unit is staffed by a multi-disciplinary team.
Referrals may be accepted for young people who are presenting with a range of clinical conditions including depression, anorexia nervosa, psychosis and obsessive compulsive disorder. Referrals may also be made where a detailed assessment is required for a young person on an inpatient basis.
Referrals are made by a community based Child and Adolescent Consultant Psychiatrist.
Dr Peter Halford, Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Tier 4 Specialist Services – Inpatient, Intensive Outreach, Specialist Outpatient, Hafod Newydd, Glanrhyd Hospital, Tondu Road, Bridgend CF31 4LN.
Tel: 01656 674951(Reception)