What happens after referral?
What happens after I have been referred?
If the team accept your referral, someone will call or write to you and give you an appointment. You shouldn’t have to wait more than 18 weeks for an appointment. You should talk your GP if you are worried about waiting times.
During your first appointment you will have an assessment. Sometimes the assessment might be done over a few appointments. It can be with more than one professional. This is so that the team can work with you to plan how they can best support you.
You will be asked about how you are feeling, and what support you already have in place. It is important to give the team any information that you think is important to help them to understand your needs.
Sometimes you might be asked about things that have happened in your past. Some people find this difficult. It’s important to say if you don't feel comfortable talking about something.
Together with your team you will decide how to move forward with your treatment and care.
Your care might involve help from one team member. Or you might work with different members of the team.
The assessment and planning of your care should try to meet your needs. It should also try to respect your wishes. It should not just look at what the professionals and services can offer.
You should be encouraged to be involved in the planning of your care. And you should tell your care team if you don’t feel that you have enough input in the planning of your care.
Your GP will still be responsible for the rest of your medical care and may, for example, prescribe regular medication.
If you have a severe and enduring mental illness your GP should offer you a regular physical health check. They have a register that should remind them when this is due.
People with severe and enduring mental illness are at higher risk of certain physical health conditions. In your health check, a doctor or nurse may take your blood pressure, your pulse, do a urine or blood test, or weigh you.
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