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Assessment and Advice Team

For referrals please download the referral form document and email to cim-tr.aat-referrals@nhs.net

Please also refer to the guidance for management of patients with mental health problems to the assessment team below. 

Community Mental Health

These teams provide specialist treatment for people with anxiety, depression,Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD),panic disorder, social and specific phobia and Personality Disorder (PD) and neuro-developmental disorders, for example Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) (mental health care clusters 5 to 8).

People who use these services show evidence of significant mental health problems,which affect their everyday functioning, such that they are likely to meet formal diagnostic criteria for Major Depressive Disorder, an Anxiety Disorder (including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), a Personality Disorder (including Personality Disorder not otherwise specified), complex ADHD or ASD or a combination of these. The teams will provide ongoing assessment of need, multiple problem formulation,psychological treatment at different levels of intensity, and case management with social care input.

Psychosis Service

This service offers specific treatment in both inpatient and community environments through individual and group interventions, as well as care/case management with social care input. The teams provide treatment for people with ongoing or recurrent psychosis, (mental health care clusters 11 to 13).

In the community, the Recovery and Rehabilitation Teams provide services for people who have:

  • Psychotic symptoms that are currently controlled and causing minor problems at worst, though possibly patients are vulnerable and low in self-esteem; includes schizophrenia, schizotypal and delusional disorders, manic episodes and bipolar affective disorder.
  •  Psychotic symptoms with a significant disability and major impact on role functioning; vulnerable and open to being exploited.
  • Psychotic symptoms which are not controlled, with severe to very severe psychotic symptoms and some anxiety or depression, and significant disability with major impact on role functioning. Likely to include schizophrenia, schizotypal and delusional disorders.

Outreach Service

These teams provide treatment for people with psychosis, (mental health care clusters 10, 16 and 17).

The Early Intervention Service (EIS) covers people presenting with mild to severe psychotic phenomena for the first time (cluster 10). 

The Assertive Outreach Team (AOT) offers specific treatment through individual and group interventions, as well as care/case management with social care input (clusters 16-17).

This covers people whose conditions include schizophrenia, schizotypal and delusional disorders and bipolar disorder, and have:

  • Enduring, moderate to severe psychotic or affective symptoms with unstable, chaotic lifestyles and may have co-existing substance misuse needs. They may present a risk to self and others, and engage poorlywith services and have globally impaired role functioning.
  • Moderate to severe psychotic symptoms with unstable, chaotic lifestyles,drug or alcohol problems (not enough to warrant dual diagnosis),vulnerable and engaging poorly with services.

Focus Outreach and Street Population Service. These teams work with single homeless people with mental health problems aged 18 and over within the London borough of Camden.

Services for Ageing and Mental Health

These services provide treatment for people with mental health problems associated with ageing and/or dementia, (mental health care clusters 4 to 21). We offer specific treatments through individual and group interventions, as well as care/case management with social care input. These teams include community care for older people and the Memory Service.

These services work with people with mental illnesses that:

  • Cannot be managed in primary care, who require significant help with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) as a result of physical illness or frailty and usually requiring the majority of input to occur in their home and multiple agencies to support them.
  • Is exacerbated by specific precipitants relating to ageing e.g. retirement,‘litany of losses’, or any other transitions associated with the ageing process.
  • Requiring specialist skills due to the complexity of physiological changes associated with ageing and physical illness.These services can be accessed through the Assessment and Advice Team.

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