Community Mental Health Services (CMHS)
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Who We Are
Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist mental health services for adults living with conditions such as severe depression, psychosis, complex trauma or severe anxiety. Community Mental Health Services (CMHS) work across Somerset to deliver focused patient care to support the priority mental health need of patients. CMHS are based in each locality around the county.
- Somerset Coast (Bridgwater)
- West Somerset (Minehead)
- South Somerset (Yeovil)
- Mendip (Wells)
The Teams are multi-disciplinary and include: Team Managers, Consultant Psychiatrists, Staff Grade Doctors, Community Psychiatric Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Clinical Psychologists and Psychological Therapists, Support Workers, Secretaries.
How to Access
Referrals to the CMHS are made by a GP. Patients are encouraged to make an initial appointment with their GP to discuss their needs.
What we do
Serious mental health conditions can affect someone physically, psychologically and socially. The CMHS offers specialist secondary mental health care to adults to support recovery through the following services.
- Home Treatment Team (HTT)
- Somerset Team Early Psychosis (STEP)
- Eating Disorders Service (EDSA)
- Personality Disorders (PD)
- Employment Support Services (ESS)
The CMHS teams work closely with patients, carers, the voluntary sector, Local Authority and GPs, to develop Care Plans to support recovery to meet patient needs.
- The teams carry out initial assessments with patients and their families/carers to develop a plan of care or signpost to the most appropriate agency.
- The teams work with the patient (and significant others if appropriate) towards agreed goals. This is regularly reviewed by the lead professional or care co-ordinator with the patient.
- The teams provide information, support and advice to patients and their relatives who use the service, and provide support and co-working with other agencies (e.g. social services, supported housing)
- CMHS provides specialist psychological therapies and other psychological interventions.
How we work
The service prioritises adults with severe and complex mental health problems including:
- Potential need for imminent psychiatric admission
- Significant Intent – suicide, self-harm, homicide or known relapse signature triggers
- Discharged from psychiatric inpatient service in last 7 days
- Complex and unmanaged safeguarding issues
- High risk dual diagnosis (chaotic use of drugs and alcohol)
- Severe self-neglect resulting in acute physical and or mental health concerns
- Titration of medication in accordance with NICE guidance
The CMHS offers episodes of care to meet the priority mental health need of the patient and support recovery. Goals related to addressing a person’s mental health difficulties are identified and agreed between the patient and the team. Care is regularly reviewed to ensure that the mental health intervention is appropriate.
Following an episode of care, patients may be discharged back to the care of their GP or may need further support through treatment from CMHS.
All new referrals received from the GP are seen within six weeks. GPs can also make emergency referrals where patients could be seen on the same day if needed.
Where you can access these services
Once a referral has been received from your GP this will be screened by staff and next steps agreed. This may include advice being provided to the referrer to support you.
Priory Health Park
Tel: 01749 836600
Taunton & Minehead CMHS
Tel: 01823 368350
The Barnfield Unit
Minehead Community Hospital
Tel: 01643 701701
Somerset Coast CMHS
Tel: 01278 720220
South Somerset CMHS
Summerlands Hospital Site
Tel: 01935 428420
FRIENDS & FAMILY TEST
Use our Friends and Family Test (FFT) to tell us what you think of your care and treatment. The Test asks you if you would recommend our services to your friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment. Your answer will help us to understand our patients’ needs and to improve our services.
Your answers are completely anonymous and will not be traced back to you. If you are unable to complete the questionnaire you can ask a friend, family member or carer to do it for you.