Glossary of Terms


Activities of Daily Living. These are routine activities that people tend do every day without needing assistance. Examples of this would be cooking, eating, washing and dressing.


Assertive Outreach Service


Assistant Practitioner




Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Care coordinator

The care coordinator is the main point of contact and support if you require ongoing mental health care. Under the care programme approach (CPA) they are responsible for carrying out an assessment to work out health and social care requirements. *

Care plan

A plan which details how individuals will receive care. This should be done in collaboration with the patient and their therapist/consultant. *


A clinician is somebody that provides care and treatment to patients, such as a nurse, psychiatrist or psychologist.*

Clinical Psychologist

A clinical psychologist is a mental health professional with specialised training in the diagnosis and psychological treatment of mental, behavioural and emotional illnesses. Although they are aware of diagnoses, they are not in charge of deciding  on a diagnosis like a psychiatrist. They also do not prescribe medication.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

CBT is a structured, action-orientated and problem solving approach which helps people to manage their thoughts, behaviour and mood more effectively. *

Community Mental Health Team (CMHT)

Community mental health teams offer continuous support or emergency intervention if necessary. This can include the input from several professionals, including psychologists, nurses and social workers. *


Psychiatric crisis describes the situation where a person with a mental illness or severe mental disorder experiences thoughts, feelings or behaviours which cause severe distress to him/her and those around him/her. *


Crisis Resolution Service


Community Recovery Team


A slow-release, slow-acting form of medication. It’s the same medication as the antipsychotic taken in tablet or liquid form but it's administered by injection, and it is given in a carrier liquid that releases it slowly so it lasts a lot longer.


Deliberate Self Harm

Early intervention

When the first stages of a mental health condition are spotted beginning treatment as early as possible to aid recovery is called early intervention. *


Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (Also known as Borderline Personality Disorder)


Doctors in training. They have finished undergraduate and are in their second year of training following that.


Learning Disability

Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT)

A team of health and social care staff including psychiatrists, nurses, doctors, psychologists, social workers and occupational therapists.


No Fixed Abode

No protective factor

There is nothing they feel would stop them committing suicide. Protective factors are usually family, children or pets.


Occupational Therapy

PICU (pronounced PQ)

Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit. Higher intensity unit for when a patient cannot be managed at a unit such as Glenbourne e.g. too much aggression.


Medicine that is taken “as needed”. PRN is a Latin term that stands for “pro re nata” which means “as the thing is needed”.


A psychiatrist is a medically qualified practitioner who specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of medical illness. Unlike a psychologist they will prescribe medication.


The Glenbourne Unit has a team of Support Time and Recovery Workers (STR workers) that are dedicated to supporting individuals with practical support. The support includes assistance with benefits, housing and a wide range of practical issues with the aim to ensure a safe and effective discharge from hospital.




To Take Away. These are medications supplied on leave/hospital discharge.

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