About the service
The intensive home based treatment team provides assessment and treatment to people aged 18 to 65 who are experiencing the onset of, or relapse of severe mental distress. Their condition involves a breakdown in normal coping mechanisms or a change in personal circumstances which necessitates a rapid, flexible and intensive approach.
We provide a gatekeeping role to inpatient services, signposting people to appropriate services, facilitating and coordinating admission to hospital where necessary.
We facilitate timely discharge from hospital for service users requiring admission.
Why would someone choose the service?
The intensive home based treatment team provides support for service users, their family and carers in a timely and sensitive manner. We believe the best place for an individual to receive care and recover from their illness is in their home environment.
By involving people in the planning of their care we ensure that the person fully understands the nature of their condition, what care they are receiving and why they are receiving it.
Staff you may meet
- There are more than 60 different specialities that doctors work within the NHS. Each is unique but there are many characteristics which are common. Roles range from working in a hospital to being based in the community as a GP.
- Nurses who choose to specialise in the mental health branch of nursing work with GPs, psychiatrists, psychologists, and others, to help care for patients. Increasingly, care is given in the community, with mental health nurses visiting patients and their families at home, in residential centres, in prisons or in specialist clinics or units.
- The NHS employs a wide range of clinical staff, it wouldn’t be possible to list them all on this website! All our clinical staff are skilled, dedicated professionals who adhere to high standards of training and work-place practice.
- 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.
- 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
Through people accessing our service, we are able to reduce the need for inpatient admission and allow service users to be treated in their home environment. This also allows us to provide the necessary support to a person’s family, carer or friends through this difficult period in their loved one’s life.
We provide a timely response to all referrals, with people accessing our service being seen within four hours of referral.
If the individual referred to our service is currently in inpatient care we can also help facilitate their timely discharge to provide care in their home environment.
We offer a range of support and interventions for the people using our service, including:
- Intensive assessment
- Risk assessment
- Medical review
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave)
- Psychosocial intervention
- Family support
- Onward referral
- Relaxation therapy
- Education sessions
By accessing our services we hope to help individuals recover from their condition, and importantly give them the support, skills and confidence they need to try to prevent them from relapsing at a later date.
An important aspect of our service is working towards diagnosing what condition the individual is suffering from and structuring their care around the condition. Through improving a person’s confidence and self-management skills we can empower them and increase their ability to take part in day-to-day activities.
Referrals accepted from:
A & E, AHPs, CMHTs, Consultants, Drug/alcohol agencies, GP staff, GPs, Health visitors, Hospital staff, Housing associations, Local authority staff, Midwives, Other NHS services, Other Trust services, Police, Single Point of Access team, Voluntary services
We accept referrals to our service under the following circumstances:
- The individual is likely to need psychiatric inpatient admission
- The person is at imminent risk of harm to themselves or others and is experiencing mental health problems
- Where there is an acute onset of a suspected psychiatric illness
- The individual is in custody and thought to have a serious mental health illness
- The person’s discharge from hospital may be made more timely with the support of the home treatment team
Referrals to our service are made to the Trust’s Single Point of Access team. The person being referred to the team must give their consent before they can be referred to the team.