Barnsley core community mental health team (CMHT)
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About the service
Barnsley Core CMHT is a secondary care service working with individuals presenting with a range of mental health problems which are moderate to severe in nature. These include moderate to severe depression, moderate to severe anxiety, and mood disorders including bipolar disorder, psychotic illnesses and personality disorders. Service users have usually already accessed support from other community or primary care services before being referred into the service.
The service provides a range of individual and group-based mental health interventions dependant on the needs of the individual. Your needs will be assessed initially by the single point of access team. Should the core team be the right service for you, you will be offered an appointment to review how we can support you and what intervention may be appropriate for your needs.
Service users may access a range of medical, nursing, psychological, occupational and social interventions, and staff work in partnership with other teams where possible to deliver the best possible care. We work to support service users to take management of their own mental health difficulties through a recovery, solution focused approach.
We work closely with local university providers and regional groups to support learners in practice and develop a quality service based on current evidence.
Within Barnsley Core CMHT, there is a small team of psychologists and psychotherapists that provide assessment, induction and therapy to people who present with severe, persistent and complex mental health problems. For those service users who have been accepted for the psychology pathway, there is a leaflet to explain the pathway in more detail.
The service offers consultation, support, supervision and training to our professional colleagues to support psychological thinking and inform their clinical work.
Why would someone choose the service?
- As a team of different professionals, our skills are varied but most importantly we are able to communicate with people and work with them to change and grow
- We are responsive, creative and realistic in what we offer to the people who use our services and aim to bring a sense of hope, resilience and recovery
- We work closely with local university providers and regional groups to support learners in practice and develop a quality service based on current evidence
Staff you may meet
- Administrative staff provide essential support to doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. This can be in a variety of different settings, with administrators working as a receptionist in a clinic or a clerk on a ward. They may also be working closely with a consultant as a medical secretary.
- Occupational therapy is the assessment and treatment of physical and psychiatric conditions using specific, purposeful activity to prevent disability and promote independent function in all aspects of daily life.
- Psychiatrists are qualified doctors who diagnose and treat patients with mental health conditions. Psychiatry relies upon high-quality clinical skills assessments and diagnosis with help from technology.
- Receptionists are the first link for many patients and visitors. They often work on their own or with one or two other receptionists, greeting patients as they arrive and check them in. They might also collect patient notes and ensure that these vital records go to the right healthcare professional. In a clinic, they may make appointments and arrange patient transport.