Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs) - CMHT Staff
Who makes up a CMHT?
Most staff in your CMHT will have mental health or social care backgrounds. Staff can include psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, and psychologists.
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who has specialised in mental health. They can diagnose mental illness, prescribe medication, and recommend treatment.
A social worker is trained to give practical help with your social needs. This might be help with housing problems, financial issues, or through giving general support and advice.
Community psychiatric nurses (CPNs)
A CPN is a mental health nurse who works in the community. They can support you with taking medication, manage your health, and offer you treatment in the community.
A psychologist is someone who specialises in studying how your mind works, and understanding how your thoughts and feelings affect your behaviour. They offer psychological therapy. They don’t normally prescribe medication.
An occupational therapist will help you to overcome difficulties that stop you doing things that are important to you. This supports your recovery, and helps you to be as independent as possible.
Other CMHT professionals
Other people will also make up the team. For example, managers, psychotherapists, and administrators.
All staff work together and have meetings to discuss the progress of anyone they support. These meetings are called ‘multi-disciplinary meetings’.
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