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.
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.
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. Referrals can be received from GPs, carers and other agencies. Contact numbers are referred to throughout this web site.
Information on our Dementia services is listed on specific pages that can be accessed through this short-cut link. Dementia Services.
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 treatment and diversional 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.
There is a specific page dedicated to our teams and this can be accessed through this link: Community Mental Healthcare Teams
A core element of this service is the support given to the person living with dementia and their carers, to enable them to maintain the best quality of life for as long as possible in the community. Interventions will be aimed at promoting early diagnosis and intervention and will include facilitating access to appropriate care and packages of support, providing specialist advice, offering continued contact with people living with dementia for as long as their condition requires.
Our clinical services for older people's mental health are delivered and compliant with the following mental health related guidance and legislation
Last updated: 17 July 2012