Mental Health Services

At the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust we know how important mental health is. This is why, although our trust is not commissioned to provide mental health services, we work closely with our neighboring South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to provide our patients with the care they need to improve both their physical and mental health.

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SWYPFT) have a team that provides adult care for those over 18, known as the Mental Health Liaison Team or the Psychiatric Liaison Team. They also have a team that provides care for children and young people, known as the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).

 

Mental health Services for Adults - Mental Health Liaison Team/Psychiatric Liaison Team.

Who are the Mental Health Liaison Team?

The mental health liaison team are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for any adult (18+) who 
might be experiencing problems with their mental health.  The team are based at Dewsbury and District Hospital, Pinderfields Hospital and provide support to Pontefract Hospital.

The team offer a specialist service which has been commissioned by the local CCG’s of North Kirklees and Wakefield to help people who are in hospital or may present to A&E with a mental health crisis.

The team are from a variety of different professions, so that they can offer the best possible care 
and advice. The team is made up of doctors, including consultant psychiatrists, specialty doctors, complex case workers and mental health nurses.
 

The aim of the Mental Health Liaison Team

The team aim to reduce any mental health distress as quickly as possible. They aim to provide a rapid assessment for people who need help in Accident and Emergency (A&E) and for people who are inpatients in hospital. Their assessment can help plan a safe discharge pathway, support people during their stay in hospital as well as signpost individuals to other organisations that can offer continued support in the community.

 

How to get help from our team

Patients in the hospital as inpatients or arriving through A&E can quickly and easily be referred by a member of our general hospital staff who may be concerned about an individual’s mental health.

 

What happens next?

Following assessment, a member of the team will discuss with an individual about how they could get further help, what this help might look like and how they may access it. For example, depending on individual circumstances and preferences, this could include:

  • Continued assessment by the team if an inpatient.

  • Referral to other specialist mental health services.

  • Referral to services provided by other NHS or social care organisations.

  • Advice about local voluntary organisations that can provide further help and other primary care services.

The team will discuss and explain all the different options and there will be the opportunity to ask 
any questions. The team will work closely with individuals so they can decide on best options 
together.

 

What about people who are already involved with mental health services?

If someone is already receiving mental health care in the community the service will work collaboratively with the individuals care team to plan a safe and timely discharge.

 

Information for carers and relatives

Carers or relative views are always taken into account during the assessment process and in the decision making process. During the assessment process the team will take time to speak with relatives and carers to ensure they understand the process and the options.

 

Mental health Services for Children - The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).

Who are the CAMHS?

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust offers a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) to patients in our hospitals, working in partnership with our staff. The service is designed to meet a wide range of mental health needs in children and young people. The CAMHS provision is broken down into two elements, an emotional wellbeing element provided by the Primary Intervention Team and the core CAMHS service which provides support for the more severe, complex and/or enduring mental health symptoms that are causing significant impairments in the lives of children and young people. The Wakefield CAMHS team are split across East and West Wakefield, based in Drury Lane Health Centre in the centre of Wakefield and in Airedale Health Centre in Castleford. The Kirklees CAMHS team are based at Folly Hall Mills, Huddersfield.

The aim of the CAMHS team

The team aim to reduce any mental health distress as quickly as possible. They aim to provide assessment for children and young people who need help either coming through A&E or who are inpatients in hospital.  Their assessment can help plan a safe discharge pathway, support people during their stay in hospital as well as signpost individuals to other organizations that can offer continued support in the community.

How to get help from CAMHS

Our patients can be referred to CAMHS by a member of our hospital staff who may be concerned about an individual’s mental health, whether they be an inpatient or attending through A&E. CAMHS are available Monday – Friday for families to access and for professionals there is always a 24 hour a day out of hours response. 

Anyone can contact CAMHS to talk about the concerns about a child’s mental health through the Single Point of Access Line - 01977 735865

What happens next?

Following assessment, a member of the team will discuss with the patient and their family where appropriate about how they could get further help, what this help might look like and how they may access it. For example, depending on individual circumstances and preferences, this could include:

  • Continued assessment by the team if an inpatient.

  • Assessment within a community clinic

  • Offer of treatment or support

  • Transfer to more specialized health care setting.

  • Referral to other specialist mental health services.

  • Referral to services provided by other NHS or social care organisations.

  • Advice about local voluntary organisations that can provide further help and other primary care services.

The team will discuss and explain all the different options and there will be the opportunity to ask 
any questions. The team will work closely with individuals so they can decide on best options 
together.

What about people who are already involved with CAMHS?

If someone is already receiving mental health care in the community the service will work collaboratively with the individuals care team to plan a safe and timely discharge.

 

Information for parents, carers and relatives

Parents, carers or relative views are always taken into account during the assessment process and in the decision making process. During the assessment process the team will take time to speak with parents, relatives and carers to ensure they understand the process and the options.

Useful links

Counselling Directory

www.counselling-directory.org.uk

MENCAP

www.mencap.org.uk 

Mental Health Foundation

www.mentalhealth.org.uk 

South West Yorkshire Mental Health NHS Trust

www.southwestyorkshire.nhs.uk

Young Minds

www.youngminds.org.uk 

Turning Point Talking Therapies

https://talking.turning-point.co.uk/wakefield/

Well Womens Centre Wakefield

http://www.wellwomenwakefield.org.uk/

Samaritans

https://www.samaritans.org/

Free, 24/7 helpline: 116 123

Further sources of information are listed on our patient health information page:

https://www.midyorks.nhs.uk/patient-health-information