The Older Adult Community Mental Health Team supports people aged 65 and over who are experiencing mental health difficulties.
We support people who are experiencing problems such as psychosis, mood disturbance and memory problems, who have related behavioural or psychologial symptoms.
The team covers the entire city and is organised into four geographical areas; North, West, South East and South West. We provide support in each of these local communities, including home visits or visits to care homes.
When you or a loved one first come into contact with the service we’ll arrange to carry out a comprehensive assessment of your physical and mental health needs. We’ll also look at your social situation and personal history.
From there we aim to provide a diagnosis and agree a plan to help address your needs. Your care may include speaking to a psychiatrist who could prescribe you medication depending on your diagnosis. You may also be referred for psychological therapy, occupational therapy or we may recommend you attend a group session which can address issues such as anxiety and depression.
Our team is made up from Support Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapist, Administrators, Psychiatrists and Psychologists.
We are in the process of working towards accreditation with the Royal College of Psychiatry by working alongside all our staff and service users.
The service is also an active member in the Positive Practice in Mental Health Network for Older Adults.
How do I access the service?
The majority of the referrals the team receives come from GPs within Sheffield, but we also accept referrals from other Trust services.
All referrals to the Older Adult Community Mental Health Team will be triaged to see which of the Trust’s services can best support your needs.
We also support people aged under 65 under certain circumstances. Before you make a referral please make sure you have taken a look at our Older Adults Mental Health Protocol and our Dementia Protocol.
You can take a look at our service eligibility and selection criteria by clicking here.
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