Mitford Unit is an autism inpatient unit located on the Northgate Hospital site and provides a highly specialist inpatient service for adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. NTW’s established inpatient service transferred into the purpose built 15 bedded unit in November 2016.
The autism inpatient service is for adults who are on the autism spectrum, who have extremely complex needs and display challenging behaviours to the extent that their needs cannot be met by local assessment and treatment services. The service also provides diversion for individuals who have been inappropriately placed within secure services.
The service’s clinical model is based on a time limited model incorporating detailed pre-and post-admission assessment, evaluation and treatment of needs, specification of community provision and detailed discharge planning. The time scales are constructed to ensure that momentum to return individuals to their home community is not lost and that lengthy hospital stays are avoided.
Mitford has been specifically designed to allow for highly individual environmental adaptations to reduce anxiety and positively impact on challenging behaviours.
How to get referred
The service accepts referrals on a national basis for individuals aged 18 years and over with a confirmed diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder and whose presentation significantly challenges mainstream mental health or learning disability services.