Community Mental Health Team for Older Adults

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    Community Mental Health Team for Older Adults

    The Older Adult Community Mental Health Team (OA CMHT) supports people over the age of 65 with severe and enduring mental health needs, also for those under 65 with an early onset Dementia. We can provide Assessment, Diagnosis, Treatment, Education and create Individualised care planning. 

    The main functions of the service are:

    • Care, support and treatment for service users with dementia where the presentation is complex and an active intervention plan is indicated
    • Care, support and treatment for service users with complex functional mental illness, where treatment in primary care has been initiated and their mental health remains an issue of concern and an active intervention plan is indicated.  
    • Provision of care co-ordination under Care Programme Approach
    • S117 Aftercare annual reviews
    • Mental health medication initiation and monitoring including antipsychotics under the Shared Care protocol.
    • To maximise the potential of service users using a recovery focussed model of care.

    The team comprises:

    • Community Mental Health Nurses (CMHN)
    • Social Workers (not integrated into the team)
    • Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHP) (not integrated into the team)
    • Occupational Therapists (OT)
    • Psychiatrists
    • Clinical Psychologist
    • Support Worker
    • Administration Staff

    When a person is referred to the team the aim is to provide a seamless service and support treatment and recovery utilising the most appropriate professional/s whose role is to conduct a full Health and Social Needs Assessment, take on the role of Care Coordinator whose role it is to co-ordinate the necessary range of services and be the primary point of contact for the service user and their carer. If the person requires additional support from other members of the team this can be arranged through the Care Coordinator. The team works closely with the Rapid Intervention and Treatment team (RITT) and Memory assessment service (MAS).  The team also has close links with Age UK and with the Private and Voluntary sector.

    Referrals into Service

    Referrals are made via GPs in order to ensure that any physical health issues are addressed or ruled out before mental health support is requested.  Referrals can also be made via the Older Adult Mental Health Liaison Service based within Royal Preston or Chorley District General hospitals. All referrals are triaged and processed by the SpoA team to ensure appropriateness of referrals and allocation to the correct team .

    As a Secondary Mental Health Service we are not able to accept self-referral from Service User's and/or Carers.

    We provide a service to people registered with a GP in the localities we cover with older adults needs or first onset psychosis aged 65 and over, and for those under 65 with an early onset dementia, and individuals experiencing a clinically significant level of Psychological Distress which markedly impairs their ability to function in everyday life.

    We will review and consider referrals for those individuals who meet the above criteria who may also be considered to be at risk whilst continuing to live independently with or without family support.

    We will consider individuals who may require interventions within the community in line with current Government Legislation e.g. Mental Health Act if their needs meet the above criteria.

    Where the service is provided and how to contact us

    Central Lancashire

    Charnley Fold

    Cottage Lane

    Bamber Bridge, Preston

    PR5 6YA

    Tel: 01772 401676

    Opening Hours

    Monday – Friday

    (9.00am – 5.00pm)

    Fylde Coast


    292 Central Drive,

    Blackpool, FY1 5JW

    Tel: 01253 657350

    Opening Hours

    Monday – Friday

    (9.00am – 5.00pm)

    East Lancashire

    Ballenden House

    Union Road

    Rawtenstall, BB4 6SL

    Tel: 01282 657354

    Opening Hours

    Monday – Friday

    (9.00am – 5.00pm)

    Lancaster & Morecambe

    De Vitre House,

    Lancaster, LA1 5AL

    Tel: 01524 550420

    Opening Hours

    Monday – Friday

    (9.00am – 5.00pm)


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