Community Mental Health Teams for Older Adults

Community Mental Health Teams for Older Adults

The Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) supports people over the age of 65 with severe and enduring mental health needs, also for those under 65 with an early onset Dementia. We can provide Assessment, Diagnosis, Treatment, Education and create individualised care planning.

The team comprises:

  • Community Mental Health Nurses (CMHN)
  • Social Workers
  • Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHP)
  • Occupational Therapists (OT)
  • Psychiatrists
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Carer Support Worker
  • Support Time and Recovery Worker (STR)
  • Administration Staff


When a person is referred to the team the aim is to provide a seamless service and support treatment and recovery utilising the most appropriate professional/s whose role is to conduct a full Health and Social Needs Assessment, take on the role of Care Co-ordinator whose role it is to co-ordinate the necessary range of services and be the primary point of contact for the service user and their carer. If the person requires additional support from other members of the team this can easily be arranged through the Care Co-ordinator. The team works closely with the Intermediate Support Team (IST) and Memory assessment service (MAS) and KEATS Community & Day Service. The team also has close links with Age UK and with the Private and Voluntary sector.

How to access this service

Referrals are made via GPs or other Health and Social Care Professionals, as well as the Older Adult Mental Health Liaison Service based within Blackpool Victoria Hospital. All referrals are screened and processed by the CMHT Duty team to ensure appropriateness of referrals.

As a Secondary Mental Health Service we are not able to accept self-referral from Service User's and/or Carers.

We provide a service to all those 65 and over registered with a GP in the localities we cover, and for those under 65 with an early onset dementia, individuals experiencing a clinically significant level of Psychological Distress which markedly impairs their ability to function in everyday life.

We will accept referrals for those individuals who meet the above criteria who may also be considered to be at risk whilst continuing to live independently with or without family support.

We will consider individuals who may require interventions within the community in line with current Government Legislation e.g. Mental Health Act.

Where this service is provided and how to contact us


We are able to offer:

  • Health and Social Needs Assessments
  • A variety of Treatments and Therapeutic Interventions as deemed appropriate

Patient appointments are offered as a matter of routine, however home visits can be offered but are based on Service User and Carer need and accessibility.

We are based at:

292 Central Drive

Tel: 01253 957350
Fax: 01253 448692

Blackpool Carers Centre Tel: 01253 622812
Dementia Advisors Tel: 01253 405959

East Lancashire

East Lancashire Single Point of Access 01282 657116

Blackburn with Darwen and Rossendale

The clinicians mainly conduct home visits. We have clinics that are mainly to be reviewed by team doctors and/or psychologists. Also there can be psychology appointments at the psychology department at Burnley General.

We are based at:

Balladen House
Union Road

Tel: 01282 657333

Our clinics are at:

Daisyfield Mill
Appleby Street

Darwen Resource Centre
Edward Street

Burnley General Hospital
Casterton Avenue
BB10 1XX


Pendle, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley

We are based at:

The Mount
Whalley Road

Tel: 01254 226265

North Lancashire

We are based at:

DeVitre House
Ashton Road

Tel: 01524 550420

Central Lancashire

We are based at:

Preston, South Ribble & Chorley

Charnley Fold Resource Centre
Cottage Lane
Bamber Bridge

Tel: 01772 401676

West Lancashire

We aim to provide a service in people's homes.

We are based at:

Aughton Street
L39 2JW

Tel: 01772 773770 (Duty line Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm)

Useful Links

Patient Information Leaflets

With our leaflets we aim to give you information about the Trust in general, our services and treatments, and to provide useful information for service users and their carers.

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