The Swift Assessment for the Immediate Resolution of Emergencies (SAFIRE) Unit provides support to individuals who are suffering from mental health crisis.
The aim of the nine-bed unit is to provide an environment where further assessment can be carried out in order to find an alternative inpatient admission.
SAFIRE uses a predominantly nurse-led approach to rapid and intensive assessment of a service user's mental health crisis and their identified support needs, liaising closely with mental health services, care coordinators and multi-disciplinary teams to develop and provide a high quality service.
Following assessment service users are directed to the most appropriate service to meet their needs. This could mean admission to an inpatient ward, referral to Mental Health Home Treatment Teams or Community Mental Health Teams. The primary aim of the SAFIRE Unit is to provide an alternative to inpatient care.