This section explains what an assertive outreach team does. And when you might be referred to them. You may also find this section useful if you care for someone with a mental illness.
- Assertive outreach teams (AOTs) are specialist mental health teams.
- AOTs may also be called complex care teams (CCTs).
- They are made up of mental health specialists to support your needs.
- You may be with the assertive outreach team if you have severe mental illness and you find it difficult to work with community mental health teams (CMHTs).
- You may be with the AOT if you have recently been discharged from hospital.
- AOTs will only accept referrals from your CMHT. Your GP can’t usually refer you.
- Not all NHS trusts will have an AOT. Your CMHT should be able to arrange the support you need.
This section covers:
- What is an assertive outreach team?
- Who is in an assertive outreach team?
- How can I access the assertive outreach team?
- What happens after I have been referred?
- The care programme approach (CPA)
- When will I stop seeing the assertive outreach team?
- Problems with the assertive outreach team
- What about confidentiality?
- What to expect as a carer, friend or relative
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice and Information Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in January 2017. Next review January 2020.
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