Assertive Outreach Team (AOT)
There are 5 teams that offer an assertive outreach service in the community. This service provides home treatment to people suffering from severe and enduring mental health problems who have a history of disengaging from traditional services and may have additional co-existing problems like Drug and Alcohol misuse or forensic issues.
Assertive outreach offers a team approach to providing care and as such each individual will have contact with a number of the team, including a consultant psychiatrist, social workers, community mental health nurses and support workers all available ’in house’. The teams operate in a similar way to the Community Mental Health Team(CMHT) but they work with a smaller number of people, each worker has greater flexibility and time and resources to respond to needs of the individual.
Refferal for assertive outreach is made via the CMHT.