Stockton affective disorder team

Adult services - Teesside

Stockton Affective Disorder Team

Wessex House

Falcon Court

Preston Farm Industrial Estate

Stockton on Tees, TS18 3TX

Tel number: 01642 368600

Fax number: 01642 368601

About the service

The Stockton affective disorder team provides a service for individuals suffering with a severe and enduring mental health problem.

The service provides effective, evidence based treatments in line with the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) and will assist clients in accessing support to reduce distress and maximise personal development.

The team's aim is help maximise a fulfilling and productive life with particular reference to returning to or maintaining independent living and integration into the local community. They also aim to work with clients towards a model of recovery and discharge from services.

In addition the team is able to provide support and advice to carers and families.

Model of care

The team adopt the following approach within their delivery of care to patients:

  • A holistic perspective towards the individual and care provision
  • An emphasis on recovery and promoting a sense of optimism in the care process
  • A client centred approach involving negotiated goal setting and collaborative care strategies
  • A multidimensional view of human needs, ie biological, social, psychological and cultural
  • An acknowledgement of human individuality and uniqueness.

Treatment and interventions

The team is able to offer a range of psychological interventions which include:

  • Eye movement desensitisation reprocessing (EMDR for trauma)
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT)
  • Cognitive analytical therapy (CAT)
  • Mindfulness and compassion focused therapy
  • Psychological assessment and formulation.

The team is also able to offer:

  • Social services assessment, to identify if clients would benefit / would be eligible to receive a personal budget / social care package
  • Occupational therapy assessment and treatment interventions
  • Behavioural activation
  • Coping skills and problem solving
  • Medication treatment and interventions
  • Signposting to other agencies that are able to help with other significant problems.

The team

The affective disorder team includes:

  • Consultant psychiatrist
  • Specialist associate medical practitioner
  • Approved mental health workers
  • Social workers
  • Occupational therapists
  • Occupational therapy assistant
  • Community mental health nurses
  • Community support workers
  • Administrative and secretarial staff.

How to access the service

Individuals are referred to the service from a number of areas. This can include the local access team, the primary care mental health team, liaison services and crisis team.

The team also accept transfers from other secondary care mental health teams for clients moving into the Stockton locality.