About the service
An Enhanced Mental Health Team (EMHT) is a group of specially trained people who work together in order to offer support to people who experience complex mental health difficulties.
As an Enhanced Mental Health Team we are able to flexibly work with people depending on their level of need. We can offer a Multi-Disciplinary approach to offer people what they need in order to promote recovery and wellbeing.
Why would someone choose the service?
As a multi-disciplinary team our knowledge and skills are varied but we work closely together in order to communicate with people and are able to be flexible in their changing needs.
We work closely with local universities and regional groups to support students in practice and develop a quality service based on current evidence.
As an Enhanced Team we work with the flexible assertive community model in order to be able to better meet the needs of the people who access our services.
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.
- 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.
- Adult psychotherapists work with people to assess and treat a range of emotional, social or mental health issues. They help people tackle problems such as behavioural issues, common challenges such as anxiety and depression or more complex or severe issues, such as psychosis or a personality disorder diagnosis.
- 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
We monitor quality of care using the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Guidance.
The team meets the requirements of the seven day follow up which ensures contact, face to face wherever possible, with a service user within 7 days of discharge.
We have a robust clinical governance system. The system used by the community mental health teams helps to assure and improve clinical standards. It ensures that risks are avoided, adverse events are deterred, lessons are learnt, good practice is disseminated and systems are in place to enable continuous improvements in care.
- Specialist assessment and treatment
- Talking Therapies
- Medication reviews, prescriptions and administration
- Care coordination under the Care Program Approach which sets out how we assess, plan, implement and evaluate someone’s mental health care needs
- Discharged back into community as soon as possible
- Improved engagement with community services
- Clarification of diagnosis
- Improved physical health
- Improved functional capacity
- Relapse prevention
- Self-management skills
Referrals accepted from:
Courts, Hospital staff, Single Point of Access team
Referrals also accepted from:
We also accept referrals from Core Team, Intensive Home Based Treatment Team (IHBTT), child and adolescent services and out of area referrals.
Our service is for adults aged 18 and above who are experiencing mental health difficulties. Any new referrals to the team will be seen by the Single Point of Access team first. People who are already in hospital or under the IHBTT will often be directly referred to the team.
You can find out more about the SPA team and IHBTT by searching for them in the service directory.