Specialist Mental Health Support

The Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) includes psychiatry, mental health nursing, occupational therapy, social work, psychology and other specialist services.

  • Support level – High
  • Access – GP referral only
  • Speed – Waiting list based on need (weeks)
  • Identity – patient / service user
  • Required insight & autonomy (ability to act independently) – Low

These specialist services support people with complex mental health problems, who may currently need high levels of support. Access requires a referral from your GP as it is based on medical criteria.

The team work closely together to provide individuals with the right support. Those accessing this service may access support from a number of team members, or from just one or two, depending on their needs.

Decisions on what services are right for someone are made at multi-disciplinary team meetings. Here the different specialities discuss and decide what might be suitable before offering a service.

Team members include;

  • Psychiatrist – A medical doctor specialising in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental health conditions. They can diagnose mental illness, prescribe medication, recommend treatment.
  • Mental Health Nurse ( also known as a CPN or Community Psychiatric Nurse) – A nurse specialising in mental health who can, in partnership with you, support your care and treatment in the community using a variety of therapeutic skills and psychological interventions.
  • Occupational therapist – A therapist that supports you to do the things that are important to you in life. This could include developing skills in communication, connecting with work or practical coping skills.
  • Psychologist – provides psychological therapy to helps you understand how your thoughts and feelings affect your behaviour.
  • Social Workers – Mental Health Social Workers follow the community care 3 tier model which aims to provide the right support to people at the right time in relation to their circumstances. Exploring options and promoting recovery and wellbeing, this support can include exploring how Self Directed Support (SDS) can help provide direct services.

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