Assertive Outreach - After referral
What happens after I have been referred?
If the team accept your referral they will give you an appointment. You will usually get a letter to confirm the time, date and location of your appointment. But they may ring you. You will be assessed at your first appointment. The assessment may take a few appointments to complete.
What is an assessment?
The AOT will ask you questions to understand what support you need from their team. They will ask you about how you are feeling, and what support you already have. Together, you will decide how to move forward with your treatment and care. At the end of the assessment you should have a care plan in place. The care plan will outline what your needs and preferences are. The AOT care should not just look at what the professionals and services already have. The AOT will support you with your needs. You might be assessed by 1 or more staff members.
Your GP will look after your physical health needs if you are referred to the AOT. Your GP should do a physical health check for you every year if you have a severe mental illness. They should have a register to remind them when your health check is due. People with severe mental illness are at higher risk of developing certain physical health conditions. In your health check, a doctor or nurse may check:
- your blood pressure,
- your pulse,
- your urine
- your blood or
- weigh you.
You can find more information in our ‘Good health guide’ which you can download here.
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Contact our Advice team about mental health & related issues
0300 5000 927 Monday - Friday 9.30am - 4pm, not including bank holidays