Westbridge Mental Health Resettlement Service

Email:
westbridge@tynehousing.org.uk

Telephone:
(0191) 293 0530

In 2002 Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust approached us to support them in the development of a brand-new project after it was recognised that there was a crucial need for supported accommodation designed specifically for people with mental health issues leaving a secure or semi-secure setting.

Westbridge Mental Health resettlement service is a unique partnership between ourselves and Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust. It provides specialist residential and clinical support for up to 12 adults who have been discharged from secure mental health hospitals, or prison with the aim to help integration back into the community.

Working in Partnership

Westbridge is ran in partnership with Tyne and the NHS Foundation Trust. It is staffed 24/7 by a team of specialist support workers and the community mental health team.

Life at Westbridge

Westbridge provides 14-bed spaces to people leaving a secure or semi-secure setting. There are 12 full time and 2 in-reach beds for gradual integration.

Financial impact on the health service

An assessment of the financial impact of Westbridge on the health service shows there is an indicative cost saving per patient (for an 18 month stay) from being accommodated at
Westbridge of £209,060, compared to if the patient spent the same time in a Secure Mental Health ward.

Financial Support

On average an increase of £11,500 is achieved per year for residents who have been supported in setting up their housing benefit claim alongside additional claims relating to their health or disability.

Moving Forward

78% of residents who have moved on from Westbridge have moved into supported or independent accommodation in the community

Connecting with the community

86% of residents living in Westbridge have improved their ability to connect with the local community. At the start of their in-reach, only 43% of residents felt they could do this with little to no help

Download our latest impact report to read more about Westbridge and the impact it makes for its residents and the wider community.