Mental health support services

Social care mental health teams

BSL Support

Mental health social care supports people with a mental health diagnosis and a social care need, we have the following services in Newham:

  • Adult Mental Health Access and Assessment Team
  • Recovery, Complex Care and Asperger's Teams
  • Review and Move on Team
  • Approved Mental Health Professionals.
  • Older Adults Mental Health Team

Adult Mental Health Access and Assessment Team

The Adult Mental Health Access and Assessment Team (MHAAT) is the single point of access for all referrals to Mental Health Social Care.

If you are already receiving a service from the NHS (East London NHS Foundation Trust) for your mental illness, please talk to your Doctor, Communiy Psychiatric Nurse or other mental health professionals about getting social care help.

Adult MHAAT service

Adult MHAAT can:

  • Provide signposting, information and advice on local mental health services
  • Support access to services and resources in the community
  • Undertake an initial needs assessment of people with mental health issues and their carers to establish care and support needs and any risks
  • Determine people's eligibility for care and support under the Care Act
  • Maximise the use of available resources to reduce further dependency on social care support
  • Gather information on safeguarding concerns to determine the level of involvement needed
  • Facilitate hospital discharge for patients with mental health illness who are referred by Newham Centre for Mental Health
  • Reduce deterioration in people's situations and promote independence and wellbeing.

Making a referral to Adult MHAAT

MHAAT will accept referrals from anyone including:

  • Self-referrals
  • Friends
  • Family
  • Neighbours
  • Organisations.

After acceptance of a referral, a worker will possibly be allocated to conduct an assessment and create a plan of support to meet the individual needs (subject to Care Act criteria).

To be eligible you must:

  • Have a mental illness
  • Be unable to achieve two or more of the daily tasks listed below as a result of your illness.

We will look at whether you need help to do the daily tasks and if this impacts significantly on your wellbeing. Daily tasks includes managing and maintaining:

  • Nutrition
  • Personal hygiene
  • Toilet needs
  • Being appropriately clothed
  • Being able to make use of the home safely
  • A habitable home environment
  • Family and other personal
  • Work, training, education or volunteering
  • Using necessary facilities or services in the local community
  • Any caring responsibilities the adult has for a child relationships.

If someone does not qualify for services, the team will help them to access local services in the community who may be able to deal with the presenting problem.

Newham Social Care Recovery Team

Recovery Teams work alongside someone where they may be already receiving treatment and support for a mental health issue.

There are two Recovery Teams, referrals are made through Adult MHAAT and will be allocated to a case manager for assessment on a case by case basis.

Approved Mental Health Professionals Service (AMHPs)

Approved mental health professionals (AMHPs) are trained to implement elements of the Mental Health Act 1983, as amended by the Mental Health Act 2007, together with medical practitioners.

AMHPs are responsible for organising, co-ordinating and contributing to Mental Health Act assessments.

It is the AMHP's duty, when two medical recommendations have been made, to decide whether or not to make an application to a named hospital for the detention of the person who has been assessed.

The AMHP Service is managed by LBN and sits within LBN Mental Health Services.