The aim was to find out if professions differed in their contributions to the workload of two multi-professional community mental health teams. Both teams aimed to provide community mental health care in London, targeting those with severe mental illness and using the care programme approach. Junior psychiatrists had fewer contacts than other professionals but medical staff tended to contribute more to assessments. Community mental health nurses tended to have the most contacts. Community mental health team planners should be aware of inter-professional differences when designing teams.
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