In response to the growing need for young people to benefit from mental health care, we opened FitzRoy House in January 2017. A specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) inpatient hospital in Northampton, FitzRoy House is where we provide flexible, person-centered care for approximately 100 young people with mental illness, autism and learning difficulties.
We know that being admitted to hospital as an inpatient can be a daunting time for young people and their families, so FitzRoy House has been designed to be a safe, homely and welcoming environment. One of the major benefits of having our award-winning CAMHS care under one roof is the breadth of facilities we can make available, and the scale of our on-site multidisciplinary team (MDT).
Our personalised care plans take into account physical, educational and spiritual wellbeing, offering holistic care that enables young people to live well and to help reach their full potential. Ultimately, our goal is to equip people with the skills required to live as independently as possible, closer to the communities of their choosing.
FitzRoy House was purpose-built specifically with young people in mind, and we consulted with them over many aspects of the service. Our facilities include pet therapy and horticulture courtyards, family visiting suites, music room, multi-gym, activity hall, sensory room, café and much more within 140 acres of beautiful grounds, close to Northampton town centre.
Located within FitzRoy House is St Andrew's College, an educational facility providing young people with the expertise and resources to improve their academic skills and gain additional qualifications as part of their recovery. Bespoke individual education programmes are developed for each young person, based on their needs, interests, and existing skills, and as part of their overall care plan.
In its latest inspection, St Andrew's College was ranked 'Outstanding' by Ofsted for a second time, and comments from the latest report include:
"Students state that the staff listen to them and understand their individual needs. Exemplary protection, support and ambition for vulnerable students are at the heart of the college’s vision and actions."
"The behaviour of students is outstanding. Leaders and teachers have high expectations of students’ conduct and behaviour. As a result, the college is calm and well-disciplined."
"The college prepares students exceptionally well for the next stage of their education, training or employment. A large majority return to non-secure settings on leaving St Andrew's. Others move on to a variety of sheltered or secure adult environments."