About the service
The Kirklees outreach team provides a service for older people whose mental health needs increase significantly either due to an acute (severe) episode or relapse of an enduring (long-lasting) mental health condition.
The service offers short-term intensive home based treatment and support as an alternative to hospital admission, allowing service users and carers to be supported in the least restrictive environment with the minimum disruption to their lives.
Older peoples services were originally set up with an age range of 65 years and above, however, we operate on a needs led basis.
The team works closely with inpatient units to promote early discharge.
The Kirklees outreach team is available 7 days a week 365 days a year to ensure a rapid and flexible response.
Why would someone choose the service?
The Kirklees outreach team believes that all individuals have the potential for recovery and a return to wellbeing. Our aim is to support this by working with the individual to plan care and inspire hope and optimism.
The team can promise that all individuals referred to this team will be:
- Treated as a unique individual
- Treated with respect and dignity
- Listened to and views valued
100% of service users were highly likely or likely to recommend this service to family and friends.
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.
- 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.
- There are many people who work behind the scenes to keep services running and you may meet them in hospital or community settings. They include porters, cleaners, plumbers, electricians, decorators receptionists and secretaries who all work to make sure healthcare settings are kept clean, tidy and safe.
- 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.