Adult Mental Health is a service for clients between the ages of 16 and 65.
The service comes under 3 main areas:
- Acute Community Mental Health Team
- Continuing Care Service
- Orchard House Acute Admission Unit
Acute Community Mental Health Team
What does the Acute Community Mental Health Team do?
The Acute Community Mental Health Team act as the point of entry for all individuals being referred into adult mental health services.
We provide a supportive role for service users and their families in community settings, as well as:
- onward referral (where appropriate) for persons presenting with an acute mental health problem
When and how can I access the Acute Community Mental Health Team?
We are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Referrals into the service are accepted by a variety of health professionals. If you would like a referral speak to your GP.
For out of hours and emergencies the team can be accessed through local GPs and the Emergency Department at the general hospital.
Continuing Care Service
What does the Continuing Care Service do?
The Continuing Care Service work closely with people who have a recognised and diagnosed mental illness. We are a team consisting of a number of mental health nurses and a psychiatric social worker. We are also supported by occupational therapy services.
We aim to promote maximum independence with all aspects of community living, and work with individuals to develop packages of care which are sensitive and responsive to your needs.
One of our main roles is to develop a trusting and positive working relationship with you. We'll discuss all aspects of social support with you, including:
- physical health
We will then help you to develop strategies which will assist you with improved community living.
How can I access the service?
Referrals are received from any member of Adult Mental Health Services. Team members work 8am - 10pm, 7 days a week. All of our staff are flexible and will work hours to suit you.
Part of the work of our team is carried out through the Adult Mental Health Recovery Unit.
Adult Mental Health Recovery Unit
The principle message of recovery is that hope and regaining a full and meaningful life are possible despite the presence of mental or psychological problems.
Recovery emphasises that while symptoms may remain, people can have full control over their lives and exceed limitations in order to achieve their highest goals and aspirations.
Recovery is about social inclusion and integration.
The Recovery Unit is located in a community setting. The house offers a mixture of single en-suite bedrooms with access to all the usual daily living facilities. More independent bedsit accommodation is available.
The service is staffed 24 hours a day to provide support to the residents of the unit. The unit can also offer telephone advice and support by telephone.
How can I access the recovery unit service?
You can access the service by completing a joint application form available from the psychiatric outpatients clinic.
You should complete the form with a mental health care keyworker. Your application is then reviewed by a multi-disciplinary panel who meet on a fortnightly basis. The outcome will be discussed with you.
Orchard House Acute Admission Unit
What is Orchard House and what do you do?
Orchard House is an inpatient service for adults with an acute mental health problem requiring hospitalisation. It is based at Orchard House on the St Saviour site.
We provide 24hr care to people whose mental health care cannot be provided safely in the community.
We offer an intensive assessment period covering:
- mental health
- physical health
- psychosocial needs
From this assessment we can plan the most appropriate treatment for you. This may be in Orchard House or back in the community.
The unit has 14 beds. It has capacity for a dedicated psychiatric intensive care unit which can provide flexible accommodation for people who need high levels of care.
We work closely with colleagues in community mental health teams to ensure that (where appropriate) on discharge you have an identified community worker and a package of care is in place.
Access to us is through the mental health liaison community team.