We describe the redesign of a community mental health team in Lanarkshire (the focused intervention team for Bellshill). Their remit is to provide focused, time-limited therapeutic intervention for patients with mild-to-moderate mental health problems.
The redesign involved a closer working relationship with the psychiatrist, establishing a concurrent community psychiatric nurse/ psychiatric clinic, recategorisation of ‘soon’ and routine referrals to the team, opt-in letters and the introduction of new assessment formats.
These measures combined to provide a shorter waiting list, increased joint working and management plans for patients. Team functioning and morale improved.
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