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Community Mental Health Teams

 

About the service

If you are worried about your own mental health you should visit your GP, who may refer you to your local community mental health team (CMHT) if your problems are more complicated.

Community mental health teams (CMHTs) are the main point of entry for adult mental health services. We help people aged 18 or over, who have severe or enduring mental health problems. Severe or enduring mental health problems are ones that have a major impact on your ability to cope in everyday life. Our community teams include mental health nurses, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, psychologists, social workers, support workers, and carer development support workers. We can help you identify the areas you need help with, develop your strengths and work to find answers to your current problems to help you recover. You will have a named person responsible for the co-ordination of your care.

 

Assessing your needs

At your first visit you will see one or two members of the team. They will talk to you to identify problem areas and explore ways in which you can be helped. This interview will take about an hour. You are welcome to bring a friend or relative with you. The CMHT will write to your GP with your assessment and any plans for the future. You can also have copies of any letters.

The community teams have close contacts with our inpatient wards. Every inpatient is offered support from their local CMHT when they are discharged from hospital.

 

Carers

If you care for someone who has a mental health problem you’re also entitled to an assessment of your needs, which is reviewed periodically.

 

Referral information

If you are worried about your own mental health you should visit your  GP, who may refer you to your local community mental health team (CMHT) if your problems are more complicated.

We accept referrals from GPs, social services and some other agencies. You may also be referred to us from another part of the Trust.

The community teams have close contacts with our inpatient wards. Every inpatient is offered support from their local CMHT when they are discharged from hospital.

 

Community teams – locations and opening times

We have seven community teams based around Northamptonshire. All are open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Their addresses and contact numbers are:
 
Corby Community Mental Health Team
Stuart Road
Corby
NN17 1RJ
Tel: 01536 444850
 
Daventry Community Mental Health Team
Danetre Hospital
London Road
Daventry
NN11 4DY
Tel: 01327 707200
 
Kettering Community Mental Health Team
Clarendon House
8-12 Station Road
Kettering
NN15 6EY
Tel: 01536 313802
 
Northampton Community Mental Health Team
Campbell House
Campbell Square
Northampton
NN1 3EB
Tel: 01604 658800
 
Rushden Community Mental Health Team
The Gables
Rushden Hospital
Wymington Road
Rushden
NN10 9JS
Tel: 01832 733975
  
East NorthantsCommunity Mental Health Team
Green Lane Clinic
Chancery Lane
Thrapston
NN14 4JL
Tel: 01832 733975
 
Wellingborough Community Mental Health Team
49 Hatton Park Road
Wellingborough
NN8 5AH
Tel: 01933 440181
 

Services for older people

Mental health services for older people in Northamptonshire are provided in a range of ways and are available across the county.

There are two main categories of mental health illness in older adults: functional mental illness and organic mental illness. People who have these conditions receive inpatient and community-based assessment and treatment through our Older People’s Mental Health Services.

  • Functional illness generally describes conditions, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorders and alcohol/drug addiction.
  • Organic illness generally describes conditions associated with memory loss and cognitive impairment, such as dementia.  Dementia describes a syndrome, which may be caused by a number of illnesses in which there is progressive decline in multiple areas of function.

The overall philosophy of our service is to ensure that people continue to have a meaningful life as their condition progresses, and to improve patients' and carers' experience of local services. We focus on helping people remain in their own homes for as long as possible.

Community Mental Health Teams

CMHT’s work predominantly in the community. This encompasses the patient’s own home, residential and nursing homes. The teams provide a wide range of services including assessment and monitoring (including memory services), carers support, planned therapeutic groups (such as relaxation, anxiety management and cognitive stimulation therapy). The CMHT’s also liaise with other agencies and the voluntary sector to promote mental and physical well-being. 

If you wish to access any of our services we do advise that new referrals are made via your GP in the first instance to ensure the appropriate physical screening has been completed. Your GP will refer you on for specialist care and treatment if it is considered necessary.
 
 

Last updated: 27 September 2013

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