Mental Health Teams

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:

What is an affective disorder?

Affective disorder is a general term used to describe a range of difficulties relating to the way an individual feels, thinks and behaves.

The affective disorders community intervention teams help people (aged 18 to 65 years) with various mental health issues including anxiety, depression, mood disorders and personality problems. They can also work with the individual’s family or carers.

Psychosis intervention teams:

What is a psychotic disorder?

We use the word ‘psychosis’ or ‘psychotic symptoms’ to describe experiences that are seen as unusual or odd by most people. These include hearing voices, seeing things, extremely odd ideas and paranoia.

These are associated with several disorders including schizophrenia, delusional disorder, schizo affective disorder, mood disorders, adjustment disorders, substance misuse and organic conditions.

Signs or features which suggest psychosis can include: perceptual disturbances, distorted thinking, unusual beliefs, mood disturbance, dissociation and changes in motivation and social interaction. Distress is a common feature and psychosis can cause significant disruption to the lives of the individual and their families.

Community mental health teams:

These teams offer interventions to service users with both Affective and Psychotic disorders.

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.