Community mental health team (CMHT) older peoples service
Our team is made up of staff from South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Wakefield Council. The team provides community mental health care for people who are over 65 years old who are experiencing difficulties with their mental health. The community mental health team aims to provide seamless mental health services that are timely and effective in promoting recovery whilst encouraging independence and ensuring choice.
The team provides:
- Protection for adults that follows regional safeguarding procedures
- Ongoing assessment and care co-ordination using the Care Programme Approach (a particular way of assessing, planning and reviewing someone’s mental health care needs)
- Assessment and care management
- A care home liaison nurse who provides assessment, advice and training to local care homes.
- A range of assessments and treatments designed to give the best possible care to suit a person’s individual needs (including best interest and capacity assessments)
- An approved mental health practitioner to carry out Mental Health Act assessments
- Support for service users requiring Court of Protection (decision making powers relating to property, affairs and healthcare for those who are unable to make them)
- Individual treatment programmes
- Psychological support and interventions
- Supportive counselling
- Medication management, advice and support
- Information and advice, including signposting to other services
- Help with welfare benefits and accommodation
- Individual and group support for carers
- Independent living skills and development leisure and social skills
- Referral on to appropriate services
- Individualised medical review
- A dedicated nurse to carry out Lithium monitoring (blood tests)
- Seven day follow ups following discharge
Why would someone choose the service
We actively promote and involve service users, families and carers throughout an individual’s care. They are invited to attend meetings, assessments, and outpatient appointments.
We actively promote choice and informed decision making for the people who access our services.
98% of the people we see said they were treated by our service with dignity and respect. Over 90% of the people we see said we had fully met their expectations.
Our staff help service users work at their own pace and always respect their wishes.
We run creativity sessions that all service users are invited to take part in.
Staff you may meet
- Non-clinical support staff
- Nursing assistant
- Occupational therapist
- Other clinical staff
- Social worker
- Support worker