Trust crisis resolution services go from strength to strength - mental health awareness week
If your mental or emotional state quickly gets worse or deteriorates, this can be called a ‘mental health crisis’. In this situation, it may be important to get help quickly. Our trust's Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Teams provide vital support to people experiencing a mental health crisis. Find out more about them below.
The Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team (CRHTT) are a 24/7 service, delivered by a team of health and social care professionals. They provide rapid assessment to people during a mental health crisis.
Their key aim is to provide an alternative to hospital by getting to people as quickly as possible and providing intensive support at home or in the community. When people are admitted to hospital, the team also aim to support peoples’ safe discharge at the earliest opportunity.
Sean Boyle, CWP speciality clinical director for crisis and acute care, says: “CRHTT function as a ‘virtual ward’ in the community working across disciplines and organisations to help people in acute mental health crisis. We aim to support people in the least restrictive environment usually at home to enable a return to normality or even an improvement in their daily lives.
“Caring for someone in their normal environment also helps us to understand the person more, their strengths and what is important to them. We work alongside the person and their family/carers to decide the most effective way to support them. We can facilitate admission to hospital, where appropriate.
“The teams have worked in developing a clear gatekeeping process which highlights what the reasons/benefits of hospital admission are and also highlights a plan for discharge on admission. By utilising the acute care model the patient’s journey through inpatient admission is made as effective as possible, so little time is wasted for the patient in hospital. CRHTT lead on a number of aspects of the acute care model, particularly gatekeeping the acute care MDT and facilitating early discharge.”
In Wirral, there are three community crisis beds within supported living accommodation. This means that even when home might not be the best place for somebody whilst in crisis, an alternative to hospital is still available within the community. Experience has shown that this approach helps people to develop coping skills and maintain independence; and access peer support.