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Priory Hospital Chelmsford

Welcome to Chelmsford Hospital School

Chelmsford Hospital School is an independent day school serving the Tier 4 adolescent in-patient CAMHS ward at the Priory Hospital Chelmsford. All young people admitted to the adolescent ward are automatically admitted to our school. We are delighted to announce that in March 2017, the school was rated Outstanding by Ofsted.

The age range for our CAMHS ward is 11-18 years, with a total of 17 beds on the adolescent ward and the school also registered for 17 students. Our young people are admitted from a number of counties in London and the South East, as well as further afield. As a result, we liaise with a large number of local authorities and community professionals on a daily basis.

The young people who are admitted to the ward have disorders including:

  • Attachment disorder
  • Depression
  • Drug-induced psychosis
  • Eating disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Serious deliberate self-harm
  • Suicidal ideation

Admissions are a mixture of planned, acute crisis and transfer from other hospitals. Most of our young people are ‘informal’ but some are under section when they arrive, and others undertake a mental health act assessment during their stay.

Twenty five hours of education are offered each week on the ward and during the day, young people also attend a range of medical and therapeutic interventions.

Our aim is ‘Return to Learn’

Our young people require a programme that allows them to return to positive and effective learning in a supportive and nurturing environment. Each person has a personalised timetable for therapeutic, medical and school sessions. This is reviewed frequently based on each young person’s specific needs.  

As a young person moves closer to discharge, it is typical for them to engage more fully in learning sessions and begin attending their home-school on day or extended leave. Each individual is allocated a key tutor who will liaise with the schools/colleges to organise re-integration plans and they are invited to attend CPA (Care Programme Approach) meetings throughout the young person’s admission in order to facilitate better outcomes.

Where young people need to find an alternative school/college, our teachers support both them and their parents/carers through the process, including statutory appeal.

Our school staff team

Our school staff is part of the multidisciplinary team (MDT) on the ward and are briefed each day by nursing staff on the medical condition of the young people during the preceding 24 hours. This includes risk assessment information that allows us to respond to any changes that need to be made on a daily basis. School staff feed back any significant observations or concerns to the ward staff immediately when they arise. Each teacher attends also multidisciplinary team meetings and CPA meetings.

At the weekly MDT meeting, each key tutor feeds back about performance and helps to plan the young person’s next steps. At the CPA meeting every six weeks, the young person reflects on their progress alongside their consultant, key worker, social care team, healthcare, parents/carers and schools, and their next steps are planned.

A full progress report with tracking data is given to parents/carers and other agencies working with the young person. Contact is made with parents/carers, the relevant local authority and the home school as soon as a student is admitted to our school roll to promote positive relationships.

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