The makeup of the mental health teams vary across the Trust. Some areas have the traditional Community Mental Health Teams others have Affective and Psychosis Intervention Teams. However, all teams offer person centred care with the focus being on recovery. Teams are generally made up of Consultant Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Community Mental Health Nurses, Occupational Therapists, support workers and administration staff.
Affective intervention teams
The affective intervention team is designed to provide treatment to individuals (aged 18 to 65 years) who have a diagnosis relating to their mood e.g. depression and bipolar.
Psychosis intervention teams
The psychosis intervention team is designed to provide treatment to individuals who have a diagnosis relating to distress around, or feeling overwhelmed by, having unusual beliefs and/or hearing or seeing things that others do not e.g. schizophrenia and delusional disorder.
In some areas there is access to Early Intervention in Psychosis teams who support individuals who experience psychosis for the first few years after they are referred to mental health services.
Community mental health teams
These teams offer interventions to all service users irrespective of their diagnosis.
About the teams
All the teams offer individualised care based upon the person’s identified and agreed needs and goals. There are NICE guidelines and specific care pathways to enable our service users to work towards recovery. Treatment is not all about medication we offer a large range of psychological interventions. When a person is referred in to the service they are allocated a care coordinator or lead professional. Their role is work with the service user to develop a co-produced care plan and facilitate access to the most appropriate treatment.
Accessing the services
Referrals to the service are made via a single point – the Access team/service for the locality. Any health, social care or voluntary agency professional can refer to the Access team.