The Team is based at Hartington Unit, Chesterfield Royal Hospital, and is a multi-disciplinary team of nurses, occupational therapists, psychologist and consultant psychiatrist. The Team offers evidence based mental health assessment, including a comprehensive risk assessment and management plan together with care plan formulation and intervention delivery. The Team uses the Care Programme Approach to facilitate this process.
The Team provides services to people with dementia and older people with mental health needs. The Team philosophy places the individual requiring care at the centre of that care, recognising their needs and abilities in terms of their personality, biography (life story), physical health, mental health and social psychology.
The aim of all intervention is to enable a Recovery, if not of full health of optimum quality of life. Team members are trained, skilled and highly experienced in their area of speciality and understand the complexities that mental and physical ill-health can bring to an individuals life. They work with key partners in striving for health – the individual, those important to them, general practitioners, other health providers and social care colleagues as well as voluntary agencies.
The Team recognises and responds to the need for education and support on the part of other sectors of the community who provide care – residential and nursing homes for example, day or voluntary services. The Team includes signposting and supporting social inclusion as a function of its role.
The Team works closely with the day hospitals in delivering services aimed at diagnosis, post diagnosis education and support, transition to community opportunities – education, leisure and support groups for example.
Referral Criteria: (who is this service aimed at?)
The Team accepts referrals primarily from GP services for people with dementia or symptoms thereof and older adults with mental health needs.
The Team offers services to the area but will accept referrals from outside this catchment area where the GP believes that the Team can best meet an individual’s need.
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Monday – Friday 09.00-17.00
Referrals are primarily from GP but where a referral from other source is received the duty worker will liaise with the referred person’s GP to ensure response is achieved.
As soon as a referral is received it is triaged by a duty worker to establish the level of urgency. In hours of opening the Team will respond as a crisis Team if required, routine referral will be discussed by the full Team at weekly meeting. Routine referrals will normally be seen for assessment within four weeks of referral.
Lisa Stone. Tel: 01246 216522