General Adult Mental Health services are part of the Mental Health Network. There are approximately 50 general adult consultants working through the Trust in inpatient and community services.
The consultants meet in the 3 localities of East, North and Central on a regular basis and have a collegiate and supportive relationship.
Inpatient services are predominantly based at the Harbour in Blackpool which is a modern hospital providing excellent inpatient facilities and care.Inpatient facilities are also provided at the Scarisbrick Unit in Ormskirk in addition to wards in Blackburn, Burnley and the Orchard in Lancaster.
The wards are well supported by trainees of all grades as well as a full multi-disciplinary team including psychologists, pharmacists, nurses, support workers, and administrative staff.
Community services are based around the following teams:
Access and Treatment Team
This team includes the Specialist Triage, Assessment , Referral and Treatment Team (START) and the Home Treatment Team (HTT).
Both of these teams work closely with each other in each locality. The START team assess all new referrals into the service. Treatment can be initiated in these teams and the service user is then referred on for follow up support as appropriate.
The HTT sees patients with acute mental health needs with the aim of preventing admission to hospital and to facilitate early discharge from the inpatient wards. It provides time-limited input to patients referred who have higher needs or risks requiring more intensive input than can be provided by the CMHT.
Community Mental Health Team (CMHT)
The CMHT provides care coordination for people with complex mental health problems that can’t be managed solely in primary care. This can include people on antipsychotic medication, those with frequent relapses, or that require risk management. In keeping with the ‘new ways of working’ the medical input is provided in a consultancy model and direct clinical care both in the outpatient clinic and at the patient’s home depending on needs.
The community teams are supported by a full multi-disciplinary team including psychologists, pharmacists, nurses, support workers, and administrative staff.
If you wish to have an informal discussion about working in general adult services in LSCFT, then please contact Dr Khaled Mostafa or Dr Craig Smith (see above for contact details).