Livewell Southwest offers a specialised assertive outreach service that works with adults who have long and enduring mental health issues, primarily schizophrenia, and who find it difficult to engage with other teams and services.
The assertive outreach service is provided by a multi-disciplinary team – a collection of professionals with different skills in mental and physical health who work together. This includes psychologists and psychiatrists, specialist nurses, occupational therapists and assistant practitioners as well as links with a housing support worker and adult mental health social services.
Our therapeutic model is centred around the individual, and is recovery-focused. The aim of Livewell Southwest’s assertive outreach service is to enable the people we support to become as independent in the community as possible, helping them to improve their quality of life at a pace that suits their individual needs.
The people we support are often facing complex psychological, social and emotional issues, alongside medical issues. We offer services to help build – with input from them and their carers or loved ones – bespoke plans that can be delivered proactively, and within the community setting. Our aim is to reduce the frequency of, or need for, hospital admissions and work collaboratively with the individual towards recovery.
Our service offers support on a range of issues, from the challenges of using medication properly, symptom management and education, through to drug, alcohol and other substance misuse or ways to identify if a relapse looks likely.
We also work with other teams to provide support packages to help with matters such as housing, community activities and volunteer work. The team also offers help and support to family and carers, through a Carers Group, as well as a range of socially inclusive activities.
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For general enquiries, or to be directed to a specific service or individual, please contact our switchboard on 01752 268011.