Specialist Community Mental Health Team
The Mental Health Urgent Response Team has merged with the Community Mental Health Team to form our new Specialist Community Mental Health Team which will carry out assessments and deliver care and treatment. However, patients undergoing a mental health crisis should be supported to contact the 24/7 helpline 0800 953 0285 with the concerned professional. This means you may need to make provision in your surgery for patients to be able to access the helpline in a private area or with support.
Making a referral
Referrals to the SCMHT for specialist mental health assessment can be made by GPs and other health and care professionals using our referral form below:
Urgent referrals for those patients who are at moderate risk of harm will be within 7 days.
Routine referrals for patients with low risk of harm in the short-term or are at moderate risk but have good support/stabilising factors will be within 28 days.
All emergency and high risk of harm cases need to be referred to the 24-hour helpline.
Following a referral
Following a referral, the SCMHT will strive to assess the patient (service user) in a holistic and biopsychosocial style, understanding all health, psychological and social needs, in a timeframe in accordance with the referral pathway.
The team will endeavour to complete an assessment, in collaboration with the patient/service user, family/carer of the patient's strengths, goals and existing support, whilst collaboratively assessing risk and formulating a safety management plan.