Rapid Intervention and Treatment Team (RITT)

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    Rapid Intervention and Treatment Team (RITT)

    The Rapid Intervention and Treatment team (RITT) is a specialist Older Adult Mental Health multidisciplinary community based service with the following key functions

    • Single Point of Access (SPoA) for all Older Adult Mental Health Services for LSCFT.
    • Gatekeeping function where an admission is being considered, to assess the potential for diversion from admission and for treatment and management at place of residence.
    • Intensive home treatment focus on older adults with functional or organic presentations who present in crisis or with a challenging behaviour to prevent hospitalisation or a breakdown in their current residence operating:

    Central Lancs 7 days - (8am till 6pm)

    West 5 days - (8am to 8pm)

    East 7 days - (8am to 8pm)

    North 7 days - (8am to 8pm)

    The Bay 7 days - (8am to 8pm)

    • Service Users experiencing an episode of illness associated with a severe mental disorder, a complex mental disorder or severe psychological disturbance where short term intervention is indicated.
    • Care Home Liaison function - Scheduled care
    • Crisis/home treatment function - Unscheduled care
    • Discharge Liaison to the in-patients unit, to support an outcome focused approach to the patient journey, identifying opportunities for early discharge and management and treatment at home, provide a liaison link between ward and community, and support timely discharge planning processes.

    Referral Process

    Referrals will be screened by Single Point of Access (SPoA) for eligibility, risk and priority of need. Referrals with risk indicators will be triaged and / or assessed and allocated to the appropriate care team.

    The team will accept referrals from:

    • GPs, and other Primary Care Health Professionals.
    • Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).
    • Mindsmatters services for referrals requiring assessment outside the remit of Mindsmatters.
    • Community Restart Team.
    • Carer or patient’s relative, if appropriate for assessment team (out of normal working hours).
    • Self-referral, if appropriate for assessment team (out of normal working hours).


    Internal referrals will be accepted from Community Mental Health Teams (CMHT’s) Memory Assessment Service (MAS), mental health inpatients, Hospital Liaison (HL) teams and Home Treatment Teams (HTT’s).

    Where the service is provided and how to contact us

    Fylde Coast

    Lytham Hospital

    Warton Street


    FY8 5EE

    Tel: 01253 957581

    Lancaster & Morecambe

    Devitre House

    Ashton Road


    LA1 5AL

    Tel:  01524 550154

    Central Lancashire

    Charnley Fold

    Cottage Lane

    Bamber Bridge

    PR5 6YA

    Tel:  01772 773496

    Pennine Lancashire

    Balladen House

    Union Road


    BB4 6SL

    Tel:  01254 226971