Address Auckland Park Hospital
Telephone: 01388 645350
About the Care Home Liaison (CHL) Hub
The CHL Hub is a multi-disciplinary service that supports Care Home Liaison Teams for Older People in County Durham and Darlington.
It is made up of several different professions including: Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy and Dietetics. There is also a Case Manager within the Mental Health Partnership whose role is aligned to the CHL Hub. The CHL Hub works in collaboration with Care Home Liaison Nurses and Support Workers based within five Community Mental Health Teams.
What does the Care Home Liaison Hub do?
The CHL Hub offers specialist assessment and intervention for care home residents living with dementia and/or complex mental health conditions. The CHL Hub also offers a range of training and support for care home staff and professionals.
Professions within the Care Home Liaison Hub
Occupational Therapists (OTs) work with the person to support engagement and independence in the everyday tasks and activities that provide meaning and purpose to life. OTs complete assessments, advise on adaptations, and work with staff to provide training and education on strategies to meet the person’s needs and to help them engage in meaningful activity in line with their level of skill.
Clinical/Counselling Psychologists do psychological formulations to help people and staff teams understand the person’s difficulties and develop interventions to meet their needs. Psychologists also do assessments of people’s memory and thinking skills and offer talking therapies.
Assistant Psychologists work under the supervision of Clinical Psychologists; they have Psychology Degrees but have not yet done their professional training.
Physiotherapists help restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness, or disability. They maintain health for people of all ages, helping patients to manage pain, prevent disease, facilitate recovery, and enable people to remain independent for as long as possible.
Dietitians help and support people with their individual needs in relation to eating and drinking. Dietitians are involved in helping people make food choices to keep the person nutritionally well.
Speech and Language Therapist
Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) give support and advice to make communication easier. SLTs also help people with swallowing problems to make eating and drinking safe and enjoyable.
Physical Health Practitioner
Physical Health Practitioners have different professional backgrounds (e.g. Physio, Paramedic, Nursing). Their focus is on the person’s physical health and how this may impact their mental health.
Pharmacists ensure the safe and effective use of medications. They check to see if medications are appropriate and monitor for side effects.
Case Managers review a person’s funded package of care to ensure that their care is person-centred, high quality and meets their needs. Case Managers work together with the person and their carer/family.
Please refer into the CHL Hub through the Care Home Liaison Nurses in your area. They have regular meetings with the CHL Hub during which patients are discussed.
If you are a member of care home staff, you can enquire using the shared email address for the CHL Hub – email@example.com
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