Our acute services cover a range of mental health care for people of working age (between 18 and 65 years), with some services also catering for older people (over 65 years). These services include:
We provide core mental health services in the community to adults with mental health problems. These problems can range from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, post natal depression and other depressive disorders, to enduring anxiety and personality disorders.
We give people the support they need to continue a full and active life in the community and work closely with GPs, service users, carers and other key partners to achieve this. We also provide CMHT-based psychology services.
Our consultant outpatient services are there to provide mental health care support. This may be accessed in conjunction with the CMHT or this may be the only contact you have with mental health services.
In partnership with Her Majesty’s Young Offenders Institutes (HMYOIs), we provide the following services to prisoners with mental health problems:
We aim to:
Our day units provide a range of daytime activities and therapeutic interventions that are generally available five days a week from 9am to 5pm, though one unit in Chelmsford provides a seven days a week service.
Our inpatient units are available across the region we serve. For some people, an inpatient stay may be required for brief stay of intensive treatment and support. For people with severe and enduring mental illness, they may require more frequent admissions.
As an inpatient, you can access talking therapies, medical input, socialisation and social skills training as well as assessment of needs and medication. As well as services for the individual, support and advice is also available for carers and family relatives.
The Liaison Psychiatry Service comprises a small medical team who provide an emergency psychiatric assessment service for the acute sector hospitals including:
Areas of work include:
Our PICUs provide assessment and active, intensive and comprehensive multi-disciplinary treatment for individuals whose behaviour demands a level of observation and care beyond that which can be provided on an open acute admission ward. The units are located at:
Full details of the services available will appear here shortly.
The Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Service (CRHT) provides help for people in an acute phase of severe mental illness. The phase will normally be of such severity that without appropriate treatment the person risks needing admission to hospital.
As an alternative, CRHT provides a home-based care and treatment service that will guide the patient through the acute phase and will continue to support them for up to four weeks, following which they will be referred to other relevant services. In addition, the CRHT can provide a service to help facilitate early discharge for those individuals who have required a recent inpatient admission.
We aim to develop long term supportive and therapeutic relationships for high-risk, vulnerable patients who:
The low secure unit provides services for those people with a mental illness who have committed, or are alleged to have committed, a criminal offence. It allows them to receive the same treatment and support that they would normally receive in an open admission unit.