Community support teams are an important component of services for the chronically mentally ill who do not need to remain in hospital. In the autumn of 1989 the Department of Psychiatry in Central Manchester established a small team with a remit to develop such a service. The team is made up of four nursing staff (a charge nurse, staff nurse, SEN and a nursing auxiliary) with additional support provided by two occupational therapists, a clinical psychologist, consultant psychiatrist and senior registrar in rehabilitation psychiatry. This paper will briefly describe some of the experiences and problems that the service has encountered so far and some of the solutions that have been explored.
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