Welcome to FTB

Forward Thinking Birmingham is a mental health partnership established to revolutionise mental health care and give children, young people and young adults up to age 25, the modern service they need and deserve.  

Integrating the expertise of five partners detailed below, we provide a single point of access for GPs, 0-25s and others involved in their care, to access the right support at the right time. The FTB early intervention in psychosis service provides services for 0-35s and the learning disability service is provided for over 19s by Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust.

Our services include:

  • Flexible community services
  • Home-based care
  • Inpatient services
  • 24/7 access to urgent care services
  • Pause, city centre drop-in service
We provide assessment and treatment to support 0-25s and their families to understand their difficulties, and to find ways manage and improve, and to reduce the impact of their difficulties on their everyday lives. All referrals are via our Access Centre, find out how to make a referral via our quick links menu link.

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Examples of mental health conditions we typically see

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Psychosis
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder – including suffering through abuse and traumatic bereavement
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorders
  • Conversion/somatoform disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Self-harm / suicidal thoughts
  • Mixed disorders of conduct and emotion
  • Neuro-developmental disorders (autism spectrum; attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; Tourettes’ syndrome/tic disorders) where there is complexity/co-morbidity
  • Oppositional defiant disorder where parenting interventions have been tried and multi-agency services are involved

We provide a range of treatment approaches chosen according to individual and family needs. Interventions may be offered individually or as a group programme.

Who works in Forward Thinking Birmingham?

  • Psychiatrists
  • Clinical psychologists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Mental health nurses 
  • Psychotherapists 
  • Systemic family therapists
  • Primary mental health workers 
  • Speech and language therapists
  • Support workers
  • Administrative staff

To facilitate access to and engagement with mental health services we also have strong links and joint working arrangements with other agencies and organisations.

  • Youth Offending Team
  • Aquarius – addiction services
  • Chronic physical conditions i.e. diabetes