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Intensive home based treatment team (Calderdale)
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About the service
The two main roles of the intensive home based treatment team are to assess people experiencing a mental health crisis who may need to be referred to an inpatient unit and to care for people in their own homes as an alternative to admission to a mental health unit.
The assessment function will see people referred to the team who are experiencing a crisis in their mental health. They may be feeling unsafe and having thoughts to harm themselves, or they may have an existing mental health problem and feel that they are relapsing.
The team will see people within 4 hours of receiving the referral, and also follow up any person discharged from an inpatient unit within 7 days.
The home based treatment function intensively nurse people in their own homes as an alternative to admission to a mental health unit. The team work closely with family and carers in order to provide nursing care. They are able to see people on a daily basis while they are unwell and work to enable recovery.
Why would someone choose the service?
- We work in a recovery focused way to put service users and carers at the heart of what we do.
- We listen and act on what they have to say about our services and the way they are delivered.
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.
- 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.
- 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 referrals for a crisis assessment are contacted and offered a face to face assessment within 4 hours.
- The requirements for 7 day follow up are consistently met.
- We meet the requirements of the Care Programme Approach.
- We work closely with many other agencies to ensure the best outcomes for the service users and carers.
- We are an experienced team who are committed to providing high-quality care to our service users and carers.
- Ongoing assessment
- Medication management
- Nursing care
- Family and carer support
- Signposting to other organisations who may be able to help further
- Risk management
- 7 day follow up
- Discharged back into community/primary care as soon as possible.
- Improved engagement with community services.
- Improved awareness/education regarding illness and how to manage symptoms.
- Medication concordance (staff and service user working together to agree on medication)
- Managed risk
Referrals accepted from:
CMHTs, Consultants, Other Trust services, Single Point of Access team
Referrals also accepted from:
Referrals also accepted from the assertive outreach team, insight team, Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), mental health liaison team, psychology, inpatient mental health wards, community mental health teams and consultants.
Referrals should be made through Calderdale Single Point of Access on 01422 222888.
For internal referrals for a crisis assessment (within 4 hours) or referrals to home based treatment contact the team on 01422 222908/891.
Clients referred to the home based treatment team must be aged between 18 and 65 and be experiencing a mental health crisis where there is a risk of harming themselves or others or experiencing a relapse in an existing mental health condition.