Simmons House Adolescent Unit is an in-patient psychiatric unit for young people between 13 to 17 years of age. The unit has places for a maximum of 12 young people all of whom are resident.
The average length of admissions varies according to clinical need. Some young people admitted as emergencies may spend a few days or weeks on the unit: young people admitted for outcome-focussed treatment will usually be admitted to Simmons House for between six and nine months.
The length of stay at Simmons House depends on the young person's clinical needs and is decided in conjunction with: young people, parents/carers, referrers and the Simmons House team.
Adolescents and their families/carers receive an individually planned and structured treatment package combining as appropriate: psychiatric assessment and medication, family therapy (which is often videod), individual therapy, occupational therapy, group work and education.
All young people should have a place to live during their time at Simmons House. The unit cannot be an adolescent’s home as adolescents should not have their home in hospital.
The overall service that Simmons House offers is based upon evidenced based practice and the experience of the team.
We aim to provide a high-quality, multi-disciplinary mental health service for young people with emotional and mental health problems.
Simmons House gives priority to the needs of young people and, wherever possible, works in partnership with parents and/or carers.
We work in close collaboration with other child agencies to ensure the provision of the most effective service in the best interests of the adolescent.
We aim to provide a service which respects the gender, race, sexual orientation, and culture of all adolescents and families referred to the service. We try to ensure that these issues are actively considered in offering appropriate advice and treatment.
Dr Simon Lewis, consultant child & adolescent psychiatrist & lead clinician
Dr Neil Stewart, consultant child & adolescent psychiatrist
Dr Henna Qureshi, ST6
Dr Kiran Nijabat, ST6
Dr Sheetal Kirpekar, ST6
Dr Juliet Singer, ST6
Dr Josh Lusby, CT2
Dr Ella Kulas, CT2
Dr Jacob Clark, senior clinical psychologist
Ms Marica Rytovaara, consultant in adolescent psychotherapy
Dr Anthony Ogoe, adolescent psychotherapist
Ms Jo Levitt, family therapist and service manager
Miss Amy Hall, occupational therapist
Miss Katie McDonald, occupational therapist
Ms Alex Bell, dietician
Ms Maxine Phelops, pharmacist
Ms Sonia Miller, medical secretary & MHA administrator
Ms Martha Sanchez, medical secretary & MHA administrator
Miss Lina Stavrakaki, trainee adolescent psychotherapist
Mrs Nikki Alterman, lead nurse (ML)
Mrs Leah St Phillip, lead nurse
Mr Gary McStravick, ward manager
Ms Josephine Ojinma, clinical charge nurse
Ms Lucie Praglova, clinical charge nurse
Ms Asun Garcia, clinical charge nurse
Ms Hayleigh Rust, staff nurse
Mr Ashley Atuahene, staff nurse
Ms Mekeda X Logan, nursing assistant
Ms Thelma Kokroko, nursing assistant
Ms Salma Begum Ali, nursing assistant
Ms Nancy Onuma, nursing assistant
Ms Cheyene Samuel, nursing assistant
Ms Beverlina Akoto, nursing assistant
Ms Nancy Quilliam, nursing assistant
Ms Lorraine Coady, Educational lead
Mr Mike McMillan, Education Business Lead
Ms Vall Khurana, trainee clinical psychologist
Ms Tanya Tan li Wen, assistant psychotherapist
How to find us
Here is a short video of the journey
Woodside Avenue is marked in the maps above and can be approached from Highgate/Archway, Muswell Hill, Barnet via the A1 or Enfield and Haringey via the North Circular Road and Colney Hatch Lane. There some disabled parking facilities.
By Public Transport
The nearest tube stations are Highgate or East Finchley on the Northern Line. The 134 and 43 buses stop close to the Unit.
Useful Mental Health Sites
The Royal College of Psychiatrists
The Royal College of Psychiatrists has a number of advice leaflets for young people and their carers.
Young Minds has information and links to many other resources for young people and their carers.
RU-OK » Self-help for teenagers
RU-OK is about you helping yourself - coping with common, and sometimes serious problems, as well as using your strengths.
The Law and Your Rights
The Children's Legal Centre
The Children's Legal Centre is a unique, independent national charity concerned with law and policy affecting children and young people
National Youth Advocacy Service
NYAS ensures that the voices of children and young people are heard in all matters affecting them
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Evidence-Based Practice Unit
Choosing What's Best For You: What scientists have found helps children and young people who are sad, worried or troubled (2007)
A booklet that explains the latest research in this area to children and families to help them make treatment choices.
Simmons House 53 Woodside Avenue, London N10 3HU
020 3316 1751 / 1753 / 1754 (Office)
020 3316 1771 / 1772 (Nursing*)
020 3316 1790 / 1791 (Night Nursing)
* Please note that the Nursing Team will be less available to talk at the following times due to handovers:
07:30 - 07:45 - Night to Early shift
08:30 - 08:45 - Handover to teachers
09:00 - 09:30 - Multidisciplinary handover and planning
13:30 - 14:00 - Early to Late shift and MDT, community meeting planning
20:30 - 21:00 - Late to Night shift.