Assertive Outreach - Getting access
How can I access the assertive outreach team?
A health professional will need to refer you to an assertive outreach team (AOT). If the AOT accept the referral they will book an appointment for you. A referral is when a health professional asks a different service to support you. AOTs take referrals from community mental health teams (CMHTs) and other mental health teams in the community. AOTs will not usually accept referrals from:
- your GP,
- you, or
- your friends and family.
Assertive outreach teams work with fewer people than the CMHT. This means it can be difficult to get referred to an AOT.
My area doesn’t have an assertive outreach team. What support can I get?
Your CMHT should be able to provide you with the support and care that you need.
You may be able to get further support through:
- your local authority through a ‘social care assessment,’
- charities, such as Rethink Mental Illness, and
- your GP.
You could ask your doctor to make an individual funding request (IFR) if there isn’t an AOT in your area. An IFR means that your NHS trust will decide if they will pay for treatment or a service that you need. Your doctor will only be able to make the referral if they can show that you have a very high need for this type of service.
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