Mental Health Access Hubs for Coventry and Warwickshire
New locality-based Mental Health Access Hubs (MHAH) went live in September 2020.
The hubs are responsible for clinically triaging all patients and dealing with those in urgent need of care.
There are no changes to how patients are referred into secondary care mental health.
Referrals will continue to come into the Central Booking System through the normal routes. The changes affect what happens once the referrals have come in.
Where are these Hubs?
There will be three Mental Health Access Hubs located across Coventry and Warwickshire, and each Hub will be operational 24/7 and 365 days a year at:
- Caludon Centre (Coventry)
- St Michael’s Hospital, Warwick (South Warwickshire)
- Manor site, Nuneaton (North Warwickshire and Rugby)
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How to refer?
There is no change to the way patients are referred into mental health services:
Phone: 0300 200 0011 – Press 1 for mental health 24/7 365 days per year
What happens when a patient is referred into mental health services?
The new Mental Health Access Hubs clinically triage all referrals at a locality level
Following triage, if they are then assessed to be in need an urgent assessment, the Hub will arrange to see them within 4 or 24 hours depending on their presentation
Patients who are not urgent but need our mental health support will be onward referred to the right team
The Hubs are replacing the central clinical triage function and the Crisis element of support.
Home Treatment Support
Patients seen urgently who then need intensive Home Treatment care to support them in their own homes and to help avoid a hospital admission, will receive specific and task centred Home Treatment interventions.
Who works in the Mental Health Access Hubs?
The staff in the Hubs is one of a full Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) inclusive of Community Psychiatric Nurses, Occupational Therapist(s), Social Worker(s), support staff, peer support workers, medics, Psychology and call handlers.
Therefore all referrals will be triaged by a significantly expanded and integrated team of professionals.
Why have things changed?
There are many benefits for the new ways of working:
- The locality MHAHs will ensure closer working across all mental health services, ensuring that each patient is triaged and treated within their local area.
- They will provide closer links, advice and information for GP’s for individuals who have been referred to mental health services.
- MHAHs will encourage closer working between the urgent care and community mental health services.
- Each MHAH will continue its close links with the community, voluntary and charity sector in their local area, to provide each patient with the right support for them at all times.
- Clear assessment times will support the urgency of referrals to ensure that all service users are seen in a timely manner. This will enable people to access the support they need and it will attempt to prevent further deterioration, distress or crisis of the person’s mental health
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic
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Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Team/ IPU 3-8
Delivers services from localities in Coventry, North Warwickshire & Rugby and South Warwickshire. The multi-disciplinary team accepts referrals for adults from the age of 17years with the following criteria:
- Over 17 requiring assessment or treatment for mental health conditions, including: depression, recurrent depression or anxiety more complex than IAPT will accept
- Complex trauma, adjustment disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), personality disorders, severe anxiety disorder and eating disorders.
- Registered with Coventry GP, have a Coventry post code, or have a commissioned arrangement in place.
- Are covered by Section 75 agreement.
- Where the primary need is for mental health interventions in situations where there is a dual diagnosis
Consultant Psychiatrist GP advice line
If you are in doubt about a referral or you wish for any other advice including about medication then call 02476 932420 (between 9.45a.m.-4.30p.m. Monday to Friday) * number updated April 2018
Make a referral
By phone directly on 0300 200 0011 option 1 (24hrs/7days p.w.)
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Useful helplines for patients:
Mental Health Matters (24hrs) 0800 616 171 or from mobile 0300 330 5487
Samaritans support line: 116 123 from any phone
Stratford Healthcare Centre Stratford-upon Avon
Adult Community Mental Health Services – NEW NUMBER: 0300 303 4017
Services are now located in Building 2 of Stratford Healthcare Centre.
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Creative Health Referrals
ARTS ON REFERRAL FOR ADULTS
Arty-Folks are commissioned to deliver a variety of arts courses to support wellbeing for adults with mild to moderate mental health issues.
The art programmes aim to bring people together to share life experience and through the creative process strengthen identity and control over their lives and futures.
Participants will be offered 1-2-1 mentoring and coaching support to make the most of the programme and opportunities for progression.
The programme currently accepts self-referrals and referrals from health and social care professionals. Residents can access booking for the programmes via https://arty-folks.org.uk/whats-on/calendar/
ARTS AND NATURE
Escape Arts are commissioned to deliver a range of free programmes for adults with mild to moderate mental health challenges and those wanting to support their wellbeing by engaging with the natural environment.
A well-recognised relationship exists between access to green space and improved mental health and wellbeing, with a reduction in stress, anxiety, and depression.
Thirteen years ago Grapevine was a small single-issue charity helping Coventry people with learning disabilities get a more just life, a life like any other.
The work had taught us that real change in a person’s life could not come from service provision.
That if you want people to take charge of who they are and who they might become then you have to do something different.
Our hunch about what different looked like went like this…
‘What people really need is love, intimacy, purpose, friendship, hope. People can meet these needs in each other through two-way flows of support. Two-way flows of support can solve their problems for good.’
So we took action and began a journey into exploring new methods. And we expanded our reach to offer support to all kinds of people facing tough times, whatever labels or diagnosis they were given.
Severe Mental Illness (SMI) and Annual Physical Health Checks
Anyone with an SMI is entitled to an annual physical health check.
The link between poor mental and poor physical health remains strong but the take up of health checks remains low.
Coventry & Warwickshire CCG has commissioned Grapevine to carry out research in North Warwickshire to determine the obstacles to access and to complete a report suggesting solutions to address them.
Below is a questionnaire aimed at those with SMI. It will record their experience and help shape the solutions that result. Any support given to participants will be greatly appreciated.
The questionnaire is due to close in October 2021.
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