Community Mental Health Teams: A Guide to Current Practices

Paperback | May 6, 2004

byTom Burns

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Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs) have evolved over the last 30-40 years to serve patients with mental illnesses who would previously have been treated in large mental hospitals. They play a pivotal role in the provision of mental health care in the developed world. Consisting of nurses,doctors, social workers, and psychologists, the people within these teams work together to care for individuals with severe mental illnesses outside the hospital. Because CMHTs have evolved, rather than been developed, little has been written about how they should work - how the multidisciplinary members of the teams can work effectively together, who should do what within the team. This is the first book to provide practical advice for those working within these teams. It addresses the needs of the individual specialists within the CMHT, and provides clinical advice based on what has been seen to work. The book also looks at the recent development of 'functional' CMHTs -Assertive Outreach, Crisis resolution, and early intervention services, describing how these teams work, their similarities, and their differences. Written by a leading authority in this field, the book will become the standard text for all those specialists working within and close to community mental health teams.

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Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs) have evolved over the last 30-40 years to serve patients with mental illnesses who would previously have been treated in large mental hospitals. They play a pivotal role in the provision of mental health care in the developed world. Consisting of nurses,doctors, social workers, and psychologists, t...

Tom Burns is Professor of Social Psychiatry at the University of Oxford. He was the consultant in charge of the Wandsworth Assertive Outreach Team - recognised as a centre of excellence in being awarded Beacon status by the Department of Health.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.45 × 6.61 × 0.54 inPublished:May 6, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. The origins of community psychiatry2. Modern multidisciplinary mental health working3. Generic adult CMHTs4. Assertive outreach teams5. Early intervention teams6. Crisis resolution and home treatment teams7. Highly specialised teams8. The wider context and the research development agenda

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"This high quality book will be useful to professionals who are part of the multidisciplinary treatment teams, but also to those aspiring to be team members." --Doody's