Assertive outreach team (South Kirklees)

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About the service

The South Kirklees assertive outreach team works with people experiencing severe and enduring mental illness who have a history of being difficult to engage with. The person would have complex needs and would require intensive support from the service.

Service users would also have a history of psychiatric hospital admissions – on occasions, this may be under the Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007).

Why would someone choose the service?

  • Patient choice/medication reviews
  • Person-centred approach
  • Patient satisfaction surveys (in progress)
  • Good feedback
  • Evidence that the assertive outreach team approach has reduced hospital admission for people who use the service
  • The team approach in managing people who are high risk to self or others
  • Quick response by the team when responding to a person in crisis
  • Regular assertive outreach team visits to promote independence – including help with paying bills and medication advice

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