Specialist care provider Glen Care’s London Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre (LTRC) in Croydon is to undergo a major investment to become part of the company’s new Neurocognitive Disorders Service (NDS).
Glen Care plans to develop a NDS service at the hospital and will be engaging with commissioners to ensure the facility meets local healthcare needs.
The forensic low secure hospital will close for a number of months for a major refurbishment before re-opening to offer a range of new services.
Glen Care will work with the relevant agencies to support the small number of patients currently at the hospital to move to alternative facilities suitable for their needs. All staff will be deployed at other hospitals during the closure.
The change in focus for the LTRC is part of Glen Care’s long-term strategy to move away from low secure forensic hospitals in London to develop specialist community-based services.
Dr Andres Fonseca who leads Glen Care’s innovative new Neurocognitive Disorders Service (NDS), will be heavily involved in formulating the new services at the LTRC. He oversees the NDS at the Langford Centre in Bexhill on Sea for men suffering from dementia and other neuro-conditions, including alcohol-related dementia, Korsakoff’s syndrome and Huntington’s Disease.
The refurbishment will ensure that the surroundings are specifically suited to the each individual, the principle being that the design of the environment can compensate for sensory and cognitive impairment and promote orientation, leading to a better quality of life.
The NDS uses an evidence-based, outcome-driven model of care based on optimising physical health, meaningful activity, quality of life and social function. It will provide an appropriate environment for its service users giving the best chance of a positive outcome.
It also offers commissioners a cost-effective service that minimises the need for staff to provide constant support. The programme is effective in reducing sedation, enhancing physical well-being and providing a safe, bespoke environment.
Bradley Phillips, director at Glen Care, said: “This change in direction for the LTRC is very positive news for both service users and local commissioners. It reflects the plans for Glen Care’s future as the company focuses on specialist services, based in community settings.
“A significant investment will be made in the hospital, which will provide a much needed bespoke service to offer specialist care and treatment for individuals with cognitive impairment.
“This exciting and innovative service is designed to work with service users whose complex needs can result in totally inappropriate placements leading to a poor quality of life. Our specialist model of care manages the complex needs of the service users and provides them with a better experience.”