Hambleton and Richmondshire East Sector community mental health team is based at:

Gibraltar House

Thurston Way

Northallerton, DL6 2NA

Tel number: 01609 751183

About the service

The east sector community mental health team helps people (aged 18 to 65 years) with various mental health issues classed as affective and psychotic disorders, including anxiety, depression, mood disorders, psychotic symptoms and personality problems. They can also work with the individual's family or carers.

What is an Affective Disorder?

Affective disorder is a general term used to describe a range of difficulties relating to the way an individual feels, thinks and behaves.

We use the word psychosis or psychotic symptoms to describe experiences that include hearing voices, seeing things, extremely odd ideas and paranoia.

These are associated with several disorders including schizophrenia, delusional disorder, schizo affective disorder, mood disorders, adjustment disorders, substance misuse and organic conditions.

What can patient's expect?

The aim of the service is to offer a range of support with an emphasis on helping the individual to recover.

Every individual will have a named care coordinator or lead professional who will work with them to help them access therapy/therapies and offer any support they may need to regain their optimum level of mental health as soon as is possible.

A care professional, together with the patient and their family or carer(s) (if the patient agrees to them being involved), will develop a care plan. This plan should say who is responsible for different aspects of care, what the patient hopes to achieve from treatment in the short and long term, and what needs to happen to help them to achieve this. It should also identify what may lead to the patient having a crisis, how they can help themselves during these times, and what to do if they need further support.

The service may refer patients to other agencies that work in partnership with them.

The team will work with the patient toward recovery and being discharged from the service and to allow the patient to return to living a productive and fulfilling life.

The team

The east sector community mental health team includes:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • An occupational therapist
  • Community psychiatric nurses
  • Social workers and approved mental health practitioners
  • Mental health recovery worker
  • Support time recovery workers
  • Community support officers
  • Secretarial and administrative staff.

How to access the service

Referrals are made to the service by a GP who has identified a mental health need with their patient.

Referrals are also made directly to the team duty worker from mental health teams, such as the crisis service or inpatient wards who identify a need for community intervention.
Other health and social care professionals, outside of the trust can also make direct referrals to the duty worker.