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Referral guidelines for GPs when considering a Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) referral

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The Community Mental Health Service (CMHS) offers support to people who have serious or long-term mental health conditions within their community. In Plymouth, the team is based from two locations which are mapped to mirror the locations of different GP practices around the city.

The team is made up of different professionals who each bring a unique set of skills and expertise to the service including: mental health nurses; occupational therapists; consultant psychiatrists; mental health support workers; clinical psychologists and links to a specialist psychotherapy service.

Dignity and respect are at the centre of the Livewell Southwest CMHS approach. People who use the service will be consulted about all elements of their care and be actively involved in what their care plan needs to include in order to best meet their individual needs. They can expect their care to be tailored around them, and take into account any specific needs related to their culture, ethnicity, gender, age, sexuality, religion and/or disability.

Referral to the CMHS is made via your GP.  Once referred, you can expect to be listened to, and have any concerns taken seriously, and addressed promptly. Our staff will always act in the best interests of the people they support, in line with professional codes of conduct and our own Livewell Southwest policies. You will also have the right to decide how to involve your relatives or carers, or to request privacy.


Useful Links

Living with a mental health condition MIND NHS Choices: Moodzone Personality Disorders Plymouth



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