Mental Healthcare

Through the Institute of Neurosciences, Hospital Clínic carries out activities in Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry and Psychology, with the following resources:

  • Children and Adolescents: a Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CSMIJ), which provides support for the Eixample dret and Eixample esquerre primary care teams, and a Referral Unit for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (URPIJ), which provides support for eleven CSMIJs in the metropolitan area. The URPIJ includes an A&E, CCEE, 22 inpatient beds and 40 day hospital places.
  • Adults: a Centre for Adult Mental Health, A&E, CCEE, 18 inpatient beds and 18 day hospital places.

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology Department is primarily focused on developing the Eating Disorders Unit as the benchmark in Catalonia. During the last period the Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity and the Treatment for Addictive Behaviours  programmes were incorporated, which have diversified the areas of excellence.

Future challenges include consolidating and expanding these new and other programmes that may support the CSMIJs, and developing A&E activity as part of the reorganisation of paediatric emergencies, reassigning the area of care within the Hospital.

As regards Adult Psychiatry and Psychology, the ability to develop care procedures through high-quality technology and the significant increase in scientific activity in the past 10 years should be highlighted as aspects that helped to establish the Institute of Neurosciences. Also of note is the activity carried out in the field of gender-based violence, for which the Hospital is a reference centre.

There will be significant challenges concerning adults in the coming years and in the context of the Strategic Business Plan, which is supported by the implementation of the Master Plan for Mental Health and Addictions that promotes a new framework for leading and reforming the organisation of psychiatric inpatient activity in Barcelona.

In the context of this reform, Hospital Clínic will act as a reference centre of the new Integrated Territorial Unit of the Esquerra de l’Eixample, Les Corts and Sants-Montjuic districts, and will deal with psychiatric emergencies and hospitalisation as a General Hospital (focusing on complexity/co-morbidity).

A new service to be located at Numància street is planned, which will provide care for psychiatric inpatients at Sant Joan de Deu–Mental Health Service (SJD–SSM) with acute, sub-acute and long-stay beds, and a strategic partnership is proposed with this institution in order to coordinate the organisation of psychiatric inpatient care in this shared area.

Of note also is the Alcohol Research Unit in the Psychiatric Department, which has more than 15 years of experience in care, teaching and research.