Assessment and Treatment

Service name

Assessment and Treatment

Main contact number

01782 427432

Service based at

Assessment and Treatment Unit
Harplands Hospital
Hilton Road
ST4 6TH – click here to get directions from Google Maps

Service hours


About the service

The Assessment and Treatment Unit provides specialist interventions for community based clients who require short term support as a result of acute health care needs. It has five in-patient places offering short term assessment and treatment for a maximum of up to six months.

Short term assessment and treatment is provided for individuals when community placements have broken down due to acute health care needs. An in-depth assessment is carried out and an individually designed person centred plan or care programme is developed, to enable the client to return to their own home and be supported successfully within the community.

Who is eligible for this service?

Referrals are considered for adults with a learning disability who reside in or originate from North Staffordshire who require in-patient admission due to an acute breakdown in their healthcare needs.

The service will also take ‘out of area’ referrals where there has been an initial assessment undertaken to determine needs and treatment and the funding for the placement has been agreed.

Referrals routes

All referrals for admission will be made through the clients responsible Consultant Psychiatrist, who will request a multi-disciplinary admissions panel to consider the request for admission. Individuals must require emergency health care due to the breakdown of their ordinary community placement as a result of experiencing acute health care needs in relation to, severe and frequent challenging behaviours, acute mental health needs.

PLEASE NOTE: As part of the Trust’s commitment to make it as easy as possible for our service users, carers and visitors to access and use our Harplands Hospital services, we have introduced a new camera controlled car park management system on the hospital site. You will be required to register your vehicle’s details if you are visiting the Harplands site. Please click on this link for more information. A downloadable leaflet for further information is available here.

Click here to open the A&T welcome brochure.