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New Forensic CAMHS facility nears completion

Our Forensic CAMHS service will receive the keys for the new unit at our Ardenleigh site in Erdington this month.

Currently housed within the main building at Ardenleigh, this new unit will provide much needed new facilities for young people within the service.

With building work now entering its final few weeks, the team is preparing for the move into the newly named wards – Atlantic, Pacific and Adriatic, reflecting a calming ocean theme.

Young people have been heavily involved throughout the process and have had input into the colour scheme and design features within the building.

New build Feb 14
As the team take a step closer to moving into the new inpatient facility, staff within the service are organising a sleepover to get a feel for the new building.

The ‘live in’ will take place before service users move into the new build which is expected to be during spring. Staff will be encouraged to spend time testing and evaluating the facilities with the aim of using the feedback to improve patient experience.

Jo Hemming, Interim Service Development Manager for inpatient youth services, said: “This kind of initiative is great for staff to get a real feel for the new build. It also highlights our commitment to developing environments that provide positive experiences to young people in our service.”

The team are also busy preparing for a number of open days for families, friends and stakeholders to showcase the new facilities and the care received within the service.