Winslow: our new community care unit

20 May 2016

Mental health specialist St Andrew’s Healthcare is investing in new residential facilities in Bestwood, Nottinghamshire.

The move is part of the charity’s strategy to provide consistent support for its patients, whether they are in a hospital environment or receiving community-based care.

St Andrew’s has purchased a six-bed residential building comprising of six apartments close to its Nottinghamshire site, and named it Winslow. The unit will become home to patients with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and/or Learning Disabilities. The first acquisition of its type for the charity, the new facility will provide care and support in a community environment for both men and women.

Gil Baldwin, Chief Executive Officer for St Andrew’s Healthcare, said: “Every St Andrew’s patient is provided with a care plan that is specifically tailored to their needs and preferences. This move is an important extension to our services. It will both support and speed up the transition from hospital back into the community, and give patients more choice and control over how and where they live.”

Lisa Powell, Service Director for the ASD and Learning Disability pathway at St Andrew’s said: “These new apartments will be part of an important phase in a seamless journey for those ready to leave hospital and return safely to the community. Each apartment will be occupied by a single individual, giving them the skills and experience to live independently whilst still receiving the support they need.

“The new facility will enable us to provide personalised care for people with complex needs in a calm and homely environment. That way, we can minimise the disruption to their lives as they integrate back into the community.”