Plans for Long Eaton health facility given green light

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A new purpose-built facility for vulnerable people in need of specialist support is to open in Long Eaton after being granted planning permission.

Aspire Health & Care, which already operates two successful centres for mental health care in Ilkeston and Sandiacre, has been given the go-ahead for a residential treatment centre for people with personality disorders, challenging behaviour and learning difficulties.

The project, led by consultant psychiatrist Dr Ivan Bakaltchev, has had positive support from Erewash MP Maggie Throup, who welcomed Aspire’s approach to patients and their continued journey through treatment, rehabilitation and eventual discharge back into the community.

Dr Bakaltchev said: “I’m delighted that this innovative project has had the green light. The facility, Boden House, will offer the latest treatment in an environment designed to be supportive and safe.

“In addition to services such as cognitive behavioural therapy, we will provide specialised dialectical behaviour therapy and schema therapy—a relatively new integrative approach to treating personality disorders.”

The new development will include 20 single-bedroom apartments and four two-bedroom apartments in three self-contained units, as well as communal and therapeutic areas.

An onsite Activity Centre will offer structured and supervised group activities such as drama and art therapy, supporting vulnerable people in building confidence in social situations and providing opportunity for building new skills.

Work is already underway on the facility, which is expected to open in January 2017.

He said: “Our goal is sustained recovery, providing practical coping strategies to manage mental health and disruptive behaviours, ultimately creating the confidence for people to resume an independent life.

“Aspire is all about providing better care, better service and better outcomes for our service users, which means better value for the NHS.”