Mental Health Services for Older People (MHSOP) Inpatients

Our inpatient units look after people of all ages with dementia and adults over the age of 65 who have decreased mental function.

Our mental health services for older people inpatient service operates across two sites, The Evington Centre (Leicester General Hospital site)and the Bennion Centre (Glenfield Hospital site).

The Evington Centre consists of two single sexed wards and caters for patients with organic mental health problems (decreased mental function due to a medical or physical condition).

Photo of the Evington Centre.
Photo of the Evington Centre.

The Bennion Centre consists of a female only ward and a mixed sex ward and caters for patients with a functional illness (decreased mental function which is not due to a medical or physical condition).

Photo of the Bennion Centre.
Photo of the Bennion Centre.

We work closely with community intensive teams, community mental health teams and outreach services for older people with functional and organic mental health problems. The inpatient multidisciplinary team consists of doctors, nurses, psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists. A full assessment of mental and physical health needs will form the basis of a care plan in order to support discharge.

Referral criteria

Referrals can be received from GP’s, Frail Older Persons Advice and Liaison Service (FOPALS) and Healthcare professionals at University Hospitals of Leicester.

People of all ages with dementia and adults over the age of 65 with a functional or organic illness:

– Risk of harm to self or others that cannot be safely managed with additional support in the patient’s current setting

– Impact of psychiatric symptoms outweighs the physical symptoms

– Patient must have been seen by a mental health practitioner within the last seven days

– The involvement of Urgent Care, Care Homes In-reach Team and Community Mental Health Teams must have been considered by the psychiatrist/MHSOP team and assessed as insufficient/inappropriate relative to the patient’s needs

Please see referral exclusion criteria.


Contact the bed co-ordinator or consultant on call by telephone or in writing or through the Central Referral Hub on 0116 295 6894.

Criteria exclusion

Potential admission should not be based on: - Solely carer strain or lack of respite beds although these may be contributory factors to the decision to admit - Crisis response where mental health is not the primary cause - Ward being used as a stepping stone between care home settings where the patient's presentation has not changed - Accommodating a patient who is waiting for a social care package (unless risks cannot be managed safely in current setting)

How to access this service

Access is by referral from your GP or healthcare professional.

What conditions do you cover

Dementia, Alzheimer’s, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, young on-set dementia, older people’s mental health.

Contact info

0116 225 1425


  • frail older persons advice and liaison service (FOPALS)
  • GP
  • healthcare professional at University Hospitals of Leicester
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