The community resource (affective) team and access team are part of the Hartlepool integrated mental health service. They can be contacted at:
- Community resource (affective) team, Sovereign House, Brenda Road, Hartlepool, TS25 1NN
- Access service, Stewart House, 53 Church Street, Hartlepool, TS24 7DX
- Tel number: 01429 803651
About the service
The access service receives referrals primarily from the person’s GP, but also from other professionals and offer a comprehensive assessment of mental health and social care needs and risks. They then signpost the person either to an appropriate team within the mental health trust (including the affective team), or to another external support which can meet their needs.
The affective team, also known as the community resource team, offer individuals support with a wide range of mental health difficulties, including severe depression, anxiety, personality disorders, OCD, eating disorders and several other non-psychotic conditions.
The approach seeks to improve the person’s functioning and mental health to the optimum possible, supporting carers and enabling clients to regain any skills diminished by their condition.
The team are able to offer several psychological therapies, including cognitive analytical therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and also inform the person’s care within these frameworks, where direct therapy is not possible for the person themselves.
The resource team and access team include:
- Consultant psychiatrist
- Consultant psychologist
- Psychological therapist
- Counselling therapist
- CBT therapist
- Team manager (AMHP lead)li>
- Advanced practitioner (nurse)
- Occupational therapist/clinical lead
- Community psychiatric nurses
- Approved mental health professionals
- Associate practitioner
- Medical secretary
- Modern apprentice (admin
How to access the service
Clients are referred to the teams from a variety of sources, including the access service, crisis team, inpatients and other professionals.
Clients are normally referred to the access service via their GP.
A full assessment of a person’s mental health and social care needs is provided from the referring service and once allocated to the community resource (affective) team this assessment is reviewed to inform an up-to-date plan of care, which is agreed with the client (and their carer, where appropriate).
Clients may be allocated a care coordinator and a co-worker, depending upon their assessed needs and may be offered a further assessment regarding their social care needs, which can provide a degree of self directed support if they meet the criteria.
The care plan is regularly reviewed to ensure needs are identified and addressed by the most appropriate person/service, both within the team and from external resources.