About the service
Kirklees approved Mental Health Act service co-ordinates and carries out assessments under the Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007) for individuals who are thought to have a mental disorder who present with high risks to themselves and/or others.
Referrals will only be accepted when all other options for managing risks have been explored.
Why would someone choose the service?
The service is necessary to ensure that individuals receive the appropriate care and treatment when they are presenting with high levels of risk and all other options have been considered.
Service users who are assessed under the Mental Health Act and detained in hospital are in crisis and are not always able to fully understand the risks they present to themselves in order to make informed choices. On many occasions when individuals have recovered from the crisis, they have thanked the individual approved mental health professional for intervening and assisting in gaining the appropriate care and treatment when they needed it most.
Staff you may meet
- Social workers help, support and protect people who are facing difficulties in their lives. They help people to take positive steps to overcome problems and improve their lives. This could involve assessing and reviewing a service user’s situation, building relationships with service users and their families and agreeing what practical support someone needs.
Why a professional should choose the service
All local authorities have the responsibility to provide sufficient approved mental health professionals to carry out Mental Health Act assessments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This service provides Mental Health Act assessments during the day.
All referrals will be considered by an approved mental health professional. This may lead to a full assessment under the Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007).
Assessments are carried out under the Mental Health Act 1983 to ensure that individuals are provided with the most appropriate care and treatment in the most appropriate place.
A Mental Health Act assessment will only be carried out when all other community options have been explored and the risks remain unmanageable.
Referrals accepted from:
A & E, AHPs, Carers/family, CMHTs, Consultants, Drug/alcohol agencies, GP staff, GPs, Health visitors, Hospital staff, Housing associations, Local authority staff, Midwives, Other NHS services, Other Trust services, Patients(self-referral), Police, Single Point of Access team, Voluntary services
All referrals are made through Kirklees single point of access. Anyone can make a referral, however, it is expected that steps will have been taken to attempt to reduce the risks to the individual before making a referral.