Community Mental Health Teams

by | Friday, April 13th, 2018

Resources for Professionals

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

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Community Mental Health Teams (CMHT) offer support to people who have serious or long-term mental health conditions within their community. In Plymouth, Livewell Southwest has four CMHTs which are mapped to mirror the locations of different GP practices around the city.

The teams are 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 CMHTs’ 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 for their care to be tailored around them as a person, and take into account any specific needs related to their culture, ethnicity, gender, age, sexuality, religion and/or disability.

Referral to the CMHT 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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