Single Point of Access (SPA) team

The assessment and brief interventions service offer a comprehensive assessment for clients referred to mental health services provided by the Trust.

The assessment can take place on NHS premises or in the home and clients will be seen by one or two staff members one of which will be a qualified mental health professional. Clients are welcome to have a member of the family or a friend present at assessment.

At the end of the assessment, clients will be asked to sign an agreement of the outcome and a copy of this will be given to to keep. Clients whose needs are more complex may have several assessments or be offered an intervention lasting no more than 6 weeks. The client’s GP will always receive a copy of the assessment and outcome. The service also offers 7 day follow up to inpatients who have been identified as not requiring ongoing mental health services.

Why would someone choose the service

  • A client will in the majority of cases will receive an assessment of their mental health needs within 14 days and sooner if required
  • Clients will receive a written and signed treatment plan detailing what was agreed after assessment. This makes both the assessor and client clear about what is agreed as the outcome and enables shared accountability. This will also be shared with their GP
  • Our service will endeavour to offer clients an appointment in a place and time most convenient for them

Staff you may meet

  • Administrator
  • Nurse
  • Nursing assistant
  • Receptionist
  • Social worker

Page last updated on November 29th, 2017

Service delivered in: Barnsley