Hambleton and Richmondshire West Sector Community Mental Health Team
Colburn GP Surgery
Easton Way
Colburn
DL9 4GA
Tel number: 01748 834581

About the service

Community mental health teams provide a wide range of help, support and advice for people aged between 18 and 65 years with serious mental health problems.

The west sector community mental health team work together to provide a range of treatment and support based around their patients' needs. This may include providing information on treatments and conditions, access to therapies, one-to-one sessions or support at home.

Every service user will have a named care coordinator or lead professional who is the main point of contact and support for a person who is getting care from the team.

The care coordinator will work with the service user to develop a care plan. A care plan explains the support, therapy or treatment provided by any of the professionals involved in the service user's care and when this treatment should be provided. The care plan will also include what to do in a crisis or to prevent relapse.

The team

The team includes a number of different professionals working together, who have experience of helping people with mental health problems. The team is an integrated service which works closely with its partners in health and social care.

The team includes:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Community mental health nurses
  • Approved mental health professionals
  • Occupational therapists
  • Clinical psychologists
  • Support time recovery workers
  • Community support officers
  • Recovery worker
  • Education and employment officer
  • Medical secretaries
  • Administrative staff.

How to access the service

The team accepts referrals from GPs and other mental health professionals.

The first appointment usually takes place at one of the team's offices which is convenient to the service user. The service user will be asked questions about themself, the difficulties they are having and what sort of help they think they might need. This meeting usually lasts for about an hour and is called an assessment.

The information given will be shared with the team. The team share the information so that service users are offered a choice of available care options.

If the service user has someone who supports them, they will also be offered an opportunity to discuss their needs and have a carers' assessment. They can be with the service user throughout their assessment.