FitzRoy House CAMHS
Our new building for young people in Northampton is now open!
FitzRoy House will enable St Andrew’s to care for even more children and adolescents with a range of complex mental health needs, providing richer bespoke programmes of care, expertise and facilities under one roof, improving the lives and outcomes for young people.
Located on Cliftonville Road in Northampton FitzRoy House offers specilaist pathways of care for up to 110 young people across 11 wards
The strength of FitzRoy is in its size and the ability to offer world class facilities under one roof. These include:
- a custom-designed sensory room helping young people to build emotional resilience, insight and self-awareness
- therapy spaces including art and music suites, outdoor animal care courtyards and fitness rooms, together with therapy kitchens and a light workshop. Here, young people are able to develop both life and vocational skills
- indoor activities hall and outside multi-use games area provides space for team games and for young people to keep active whilst learning key social skills
- a new setting for St Andrew’s College, rated by Ofsted as outstanding. This features an innovative science laboratory enabling students to complete practical exams by instructing a teacher to perform experiments on their behalf – that way keeping them safe whilst gaining qualifications
- a TEACCH* classroom within the College, specially designed to provide a supportive environment for students with autistic spectrum disorders. The room has low lighting, sound damping and distinct student workspaces
- landscaped courtyards and outdoor areas including a new tranquility courtyard with a water feature, these are accessible to our young patients at all stages of their recovery
- the Branch Out café is a vibrant space for patients, visitors and staff to share a coffee and bit to eat, There are also more visitor suites with refreshment facilities so our patients can spend more time with friends and family.
Working together with young people
Our young people have been involved in every aspect of the new building. Working with an artist, they have helped develop the interior design and artwork to create a positive environment and one which will ease their transition into the new building.
Patients discussed how different colours made them feel, which developed into a theme around nature with colour schemes linked to ‘earth and sky’. Young people chose the names of all 11 new wards, including Brook, Fern, Berry, Acorn, Bracken, Maple, Willow, Oak, Sycamore, Marsh and Meadow, as well as the colours, graphic and materials displayed throughout the building.
Our young people have worked closely to create a fantastic new video to showcase all these innovative features. Voiced by one of our patients, who also helped to storyboard and script the video, the film uses animation to bring FitzRoy to life:
Young people at St Andrew's play an important role in showcasing how we work with out patients and help to transform lives. Together, we're seeking to address the ongoing stigma attached to mental illness in the world today.
The 'In our own words' video below, also released in 2016, gives a voice to our patients and how they view their time with us.