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Our four male and female PICU wards are based centrally across Northampton and Essex offering 24/7 rapid assessment, intensive treatment and stabilisation for people with acute phases of mental illness, we aim to give you a decision on your referral within the hour. 

When you call you'll speak directly to a member of staff on our wards. To find out more about the PICU team, our approach and the commitment we make to get our patients back to their home and community, watch our video below. You'll find all the contact details you need for each of our PICU wards after the video.

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To make an enquiry or discuss a referral please contact our wards directly

Heygate ward - Male PICU Northampton

Telephone: 01604 616 111   Email: [email protected]

Bayley ward - Female PICU Northampton

Telephone: 01604 614584    Email: [email protected]

Audley ward - Male PICU Essex 

Telephone: 01268 723 930   Email: [email protected]

Frinton ward - Female PICU Essex 

Telephone: 01268 723 860   Email: [email protected]

Rapid Response service - For acquired brain injury, complex dementia or Huntington's disease

Male or Female Northampton - Telephone: 0800 434 6690   Email: [email protected]

Live PICU Update

Updated: 8AM Friday 09 April

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Who we care for

Click HERE to view our PICU Covid protocols on admission.

Caring for our PICU patients during Covid

Our PICU units are open for admissions, however due to quarantining protocols bed availability is more restricted and on admission we may use enhanced support nursing in order to keep your patient and our other patients and staff safe. 

Our PICUs provide a 24/7 gender-specific admissions service for people with acute phases of mental illness. We aim to provide rapid assessment, intensive treatment and stabilisation. Our tailored treatment programs are developed with the patient to recognise an individual's strengths, needs and risks, with emphasis on treating mental illness and starting the recovery process. Male or female patients aged 18-65 years typically present with:

  • acute metal illness or an exacerbation of a chronic mental illness
  • challenging behaviours as a result of a mental illness
  • significant risk, including aggression to self and others, absconding and / or vulnerability
  • who require relatively short-term intensive care in a safe environment
  • and have been detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended by the Mental Health Act 2007).

We also offer a Rapid Response service for older adults in crisis to provide urgent stabilisation and intensive therapy in a safe environment (see below for more details).

Ross Callaghan

Ross Callaghan

  • Nurse Manager - Essex PICU
  • I’ve been working in Mental Health Services since 1997 having qualified in 2001 and I’ve worked at St Andrews Healthcare since 2004.
  • What are the biggest challenges in your job? Building a rapport and understanding with people who have had a traumatic period leading up to their admission to a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit.
Akim Bande

Akim Bande

  • Nurse Manager - Heygate
  • I've been a nurse for 20 years, and have worked at St Andrew's for 16 years.
  • What do you most enjoy about your job? It's always rewarding to see patients being discharged to join their families or going back to work following a short hospital admission.
Jackie Branston

Jackie Branston

  • Senior Occupational Therapist
  • I have 11 years experience of working with people who have complex mental health conditions, all within St Andrew's.
  • What do you enjoy about your job? I find pleasure from the feedback that we receive from our patients when they are on their recovery journey. The Occupational Therapy team are often complimented around the variety of alternative sessions we offer.
Rosalee Reading

Rosalee Reading

  • PICU Social Care Assistant
  • I have 10 years’ experience in mental health; 3 years in nursing and 7 years in social work
  • What do you enjoy about your job? I enjoy being involved with family and carer liaison and support, and seeing patients recover quickly and being able to return to their lives is also very rewarding.

Our PICUs at a glance

Our PICUs offer a short period of rapid assessment, intensive treatment and stabilisation for people with acute phases of mental illness who are in need of emergency psychiatric care.

24/7 admissions service with decision within an hour of a referral.

Our team are expert in treating people with acute mental illness and complex needs, offering a range of group and individual therapeutic interventions to meet the patient’s needs at different stages of their recovery.

Included in the daily bed rate:

  • No admission fee
  • Assessment on admission
  • All medication included on the ward from admission.

Referrals accepted direct from Clinical Commissioning Groups and Foundation Trusts.

All our PICU wards are members of NAPICU, and adhere to the NAPICU minimum standards and their admissions criteria.

Rapid Response at a glance

As part of our Neurobehavioural services we also offer rapid assessment and admission for patients with an ABI or PNC whose behavioural presentation or cognitive function has deteriorated and who require urgent stabilisation and intensive therapy in a safe environment.

Our programmes deliver treatment to support a return to community once the crisis period has subsided, and also offers a service for patients requiring a more extensive care package.

Make a referral: 0800 434 6690

Download our Rapid Response service leaflet here (PDF link)

Male or female patients aged 18-65 years typically present with:

  • an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), including organic brain injury
  • progressive neurological conditions (PNC), such as complex dementia and Huntington's disease (HD)
  • acute metal illness or an exacerbation of a chronic mental illness
  • challenging behaviours as a result of a mental illness
  • significant risk, including aggression to self and others, absconding and / or vulnerability
  • who require relatively short-term intensive care in a safe environment
  • and have been detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended by the Mental Health Act 2007).