Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs) - Carers
What can I expect as a carer, friend or relative?
The CMHT may give you information about your relative’s mental illness and how to support them. This is called ‘psychoeducation’.
If you need support to care for your relative, you can ask for a carer’s assessment. Some CMHTs offer carer’s assessments. This will depend on your local NHS trust’s policy. Otherwise, you can get a carer’s assessment from your local authority.
There are rules about sharing information with family, friends, and carers.
The CMHT can only share information about your relative’s care if your relative is happy for them to do so.
You should talk to your relative about what information they are happy for you to know. This information should be written in their records.
If your relative would like you to be involved in their care, the CMHT should involve you in their care planning.
It is important to look after your own emotional wellbeing. And to ask for help if you need it.
In many areas there are local support groups for carers, friends and relatives. You can contact us to find out what services or groups are in your area.
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