Terms demystified?

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  • Acute Recovery Team for Adult Mental Health Service =The Acute Recovery Nursing Team specialise in delivering Electro-convulsive Therapy (ECT). We also run Clozapine blood clinics as well as Olanzapine depot clinic. These clinics operate during the working week and are staffed by a specialist nursing team.

  • Acute Wards for Adult Mental Health Service = The Trust has a number of inpatient wards for the acute mental health service which provide different levels of care and support depending on the need of the individual service-user.

  • Adult Community Mental Health Teams = The Adult Community Mental Health Teams (CMHT) are made up of Consultant Psychiatrists, Psychiatric Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers and Psychologists providing a range of treatments, interventions and assistance to adults (people aged 16-65) suffering from difficulty with their mental health who have been referred by their GPs or other health professionals. The types of illnesses people are referred with include bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia, severe depression, personality disorder, dual diagnosis and aspergers/autistic spectrum disorder.

  • Assertive Outreach – Assertive Outreach (AO) is a model of care which has proved effective for people with a serious mental illness.    The service aims to develop meaningful engagement with a diverse service user group in order to improve the quality of life of people with a history of severe persistent mental illness.

  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) = The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) helps children and young people who have been referred by another healthcare professional.  Referrals are made if it’s thought the child or young person has emotional and/or behavioural difficulties at a level which requires specialist support.

  • The Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team = The Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team endeavours to provide a rapid assessment for those people who are experiencing a mental health crisis of such severity that without the intervention of the team, a hospital admission would be required. Following the assessment, if felt appropriate, intensive home treatment can be initiated for a short period of time, prior to being passed back to the GP or referred to other secondary services.

  • Forensic Mental Health Services =  Forensic services provide a community and inpatient service to adult men and women who pose a risk of harm to others in the context of their mental disorder. They should promote and demonstrate safe, sound and supportive practice based on comprehensive clinical and social risk assessment and management whilst promoting protection of the public. Whenever possible service users’ mental health needs should be met by local services and only accepted by Forensic services if the complexity and / or severity of their therapeutic needs and risk necessitate this.

  • Occupational Therapy Team = Occupational therapists work collaboratively with patients and an assessment will determine how a person’s mental health impacts on their ability to do what is important to them.

  • Psychological Therapies = specialist psychological therapy services provide a range of psychological interventions for adult service users from the age of 16 upwards. They usually form part of Adult Services Division and accept referrals from both primary and secondary care. They should offer specialist level Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy and Dynamic Psychotherapy as well as a service providing Therapy Service for People with a Personality Disorder (TSPPD).  Working closely with the Adult and Families, Young people and Children’s Division catering for those service users with complex difficulties who either require more intensive or specialised treatments.

  • Safeguarding = Safeguarding is the term used to describe child protection, adult protection (especially vulnerable adults), and domestic violence. Trusts work closely with partner agencies to support the most vulnerable groups of children and adults within society from abuse and neglect,  and have positive links with the local Safeguarding Children’s Board, Adult Protection Board, NHS Domestic Violence Group, Police and Social Care.

The above terms are common and universally  understood by professionals in the UK but very often they are not fully explained to either service users or their families. For more in depth information your own NHS Trust will have leaflets and further advice on their web sites. If you are not able to access the Internet go along to a local Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) centre and ask for advice.

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