A new mental health inpatient unit for young people

‘The Beacon’, our new 15-bed inpatient facility, is currently being built on the Glenfield Hospital site in Leicester, close to other mental health services, and is due to open in August 2020. It will include provision for young people with eating disorders, who currently have to travel out of county if they need inpatient care.

The name ‘The Beacon’ was chosen by staff, current service users and families, and not only echoes the local landmark, but symbolises hope for a brighter future.

You can hear from young people what the new unit will mean to them in this short video.

Beacon Appeal Launch

We have launched an appeal to raise £15,000 to kit out a sensory room with an interactive projector and buy sports equipment for The Beacon. 

Young people can be inpatients for a variety of reasons and usually stay with us for 6-8 weeks. Depending on their individual circumstances and risk factors they may be able to leave the ward to take part in activities, but many will be on the ward for the majority of their stay.  As you can imagine, this is a considerable amount of time to fill. The ward team are passionate about finding activities that will help the young person to feel motivated, manage their frustrations, relax, manage their anxiety or build confidence and skills - whatever they need at that particular time. Physical activity is something we want to offer more of, as well as more provision for our patients’ sensory needs.

Interactive projector for the sensory room

Traditionally, sensory rooms have included items such as bubble tubes and fibre optics. Technology has moved on greatly and the modern sensory room now fits more with the digital touch screen age, which particularly suits the patient age group we care for.  

The occupational therapy and nursing teams will work together to develop tailored therapeutic programmes for each patient, depending on how the sensory room would best support them. Many of our patients have Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and sensory needs. The hospital environment can pose an extra challenge for patients with ASD, with the sights and sounds of a busy ward having the potential to increase anxiety for example. A sensory room will provide a designated calm space away from the ward.  The room and projector will also be used for calming and distraction techniques for any patient who is struggling to regulate their moods/behaviours.

Sports and fitness equipment

We all know that being physically active is good for us – for our bodies but also for our minds. Physical activity can help us to feel healthier, feel more confident about how we look, feel successful when we set and achieve a goal, to feel better able to cope with stress and to sleep better. These things are important for everyone but even more so to help someone in their recovery from mental illness.

The ward team have been seeking the views of the young people on the ward over the last year, and have developed a wishlist of sports, games and fitness equipment which go above and beyond what is possible within core NHS budgets.  We have chosen kit which can be used indoors and out so there is something for all seasons and covers a wide range of interests that our young people have told us they have. We have grouped the wishlist into two themes - sports & games and fitness.  

Currently we have a very limited selection of physical activity equipment. We want to have a range of fitness equipment which is reflective of the way people exercise today, giving options for working out alone (supervised) on personal goals or socially in a group like a circuits class. Our sports and games wishlist includes ball games and other ‘sports day’ type activities which can be great fun for the young people to have fun together with the staff.

Importantly, we want to show the young people we care for how they can use physical activity to aid their mental health and to stay well once they return home. Recovery doesn't end when they leave our care. Everything we do is geared towards helping our patients to take an active role in managing their own health and well-being.

How you can help us

  • Show your support by buying and wearing a CAMHS pin badge
  • Pledge your support by becoming a Beacon Buddy (see below) to stay connected to the appeal
  • Share the appeal web page using the hashtag #BeaconAppeal on your social media channels to help us raise awareness
  • Talk about the appeal to your networks and letting us know of any fundraising opportunities, however big or small
  • Make a donation today
     

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Wear your CAMHS badge with pride!

 

We are selling these beautiful enamel pin badges for £2 to raise funds for the Beacon Appeal. You can buy yours from the CAMHS Unit on Ward 3 at Coalville Community Hospital. 

Badges are available to buy online for £2.70 to cover postage. If you would like to buy multiple badges please contact us to discuss.  

 

Sign up to be a Beacon Buddy

You can use your networks to help us to spread the word about the Beacon Appeal by becoming a Beacon Buddy. Talking about the appeal with friends, family, social groups or work networks will help us to rally support for the appeal. 

You might want to do some fundraising yourself, at school, college or work. We can support you with that! 

We would love to stay in touch to keep you up to date with the appeal and the progress of the build throughout the coming year. Sign up here. 

 

 

 

Fundraising so far...

Here we celebrate the amazing people who have already helped us fundraise for the #BeaconAppeal. We would love to hear from you if you could fundraise for us!

Haseeb Ahmad 

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT)’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion lead, Haseeb Ahmad, who is totally blind, will be running the Nottingham Christmas Marathon in November and another in April, raising money for sports equipment to enhance the care provided for our youngest mental health inpatients as part of LPT’s #BeaconAppeal. Read more here.

 

 

 

Natalie Clemson

Natalie Clemson has been involved with the Beacon build as she works for local firm Pick Everard, who designed the Structural and Civil engineering on the scheme, and also provided Health and Safety Advisory Services. Natalie was first up at the Topping Out event (where the last bolt was tightened on the building framework), pledging her support to the appeal by running the Leicester 10k on 20 October. Not only did she achieve a personal best with her run, she also got the #BeaconAppeal fundraising off to a fantastic start by raising £510 in sponsorship. Thank you Natalie for leading the way!