On 24 March 2015, the CAMHS In-patient unit known as Oakham House formally closed. The closure was the final part of the LPT Towers Site land sale agreement that had been made with Redrow Housing, who were the purchasers and developers of the site.
On 24 March, young people who had been patients at Oakham House, were transferred to a newly refurbished in-patient facility at Ward 3, Coalville Community Hospital.
The move from Oakham House to Ward 3 Coalville, was a like to like move for a temporary period, with existing provision for 10 patients in dormitory style accommodation continuing to be provided.
To facilitate the transfer of services from Oakham House to Ward 3 Coalville, the project team worked closely with LPT Communications team to ensure all stakeholders were informed regularly of the move. This included updates on the trust website, local radio and written communication to key stakeholders. Young people and families who were patients at Oakham House were kept informed of the room regularly through ward rounds, and through printed documents such as floor plans and mock up designs of rooms being hung up in the communal areas in Oakham House. An open day was held on Friday 20th March 2015, where families, carers, partners from Local Authority, Police,0 40EMAS, Healthwatch and Coalville Hospital Patients Forum were in attendance.
We are sorry if the family concerned did not feel they were adequately informed of the move. We recognised the importance of keeping open Oakham House for admissions prior to the move to limit the number of young people being placed out of area, and we are sorry if that during the initial stay at Oakham House, the move was not clearly shared with the young person and their family.
We recognise that Ward 3 at Coalville is limited in certain aspects of provision, namely that the refurbishment was unable to provide single ensuite bedrooms, which we know, is something young people and their families feel is important. The clinical team, work hard to ensure that the privacy of the young person is respected within the confines of their treatment, and young people have reported they welcome the support they get from their peers on the ward.
In November 2014 the All Party Parliamentary Review on CAMHS In-patient beds published a health enquiry following a review of the provision of CAMHS in-patient beds across England and Wales. This enquiry noted that there were insufficient beds for the demand. NHS England who are responsible for the commissioning of CAMHS beds having been reviewing provision, and are planning to commence procurement process in 2016 to ensure sufficient bed provision is available. We work hard with other clinical CAMHS in-providers within the East Midlands to ensure we regularly share our occupancy levels, and with the national bed management tool this aids us within identifying beds that are closer to home if we are unable to accommodate at Ward 3.