North Cumbria Community Treatment Teams – Patient Information Leaflet

North Cumbria Community Treatment Team provides a specialist service for adults aged 18 years and over who experience severe complex mental health difficulties and require a period of assessment and treatment.

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  • Introduction

    This leaflet provides information that you may find useful during your time with our service. If you are unsure about anything in this leaflet, please ask a member of staff.

  • What is the Community Treatment Team (CTT)?

    The Community Treatment Team provides a specialist service for adults aged 18 years and over who experience severe complex mental health difficulties and require a period of assessment and treatment.

    The team is made up of professionals including:

    • Consultant Psychiatrists
    • Psychologists
    • Registered Mental Health Nurses (Community Psychiatric Nurse)
    • Occupational Therapists
    • Social Workers
    • Assistant Psychologists
    • Assistant Practitioners
    • Clinical Support Assistants
    • Pharmacists
    • Peer Supporters
    • Dietitian
    • Carers Lead

    Initial appointments with the teams are usually based in clinic, but in some instances may also be arranged within your home.

    Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (CNTW) is a teaching organisation and you may be asked if a student can be involved in your first appointment.

    You will always be asked for your consent for a student to be involved in your care and treatment.

  • Who is it for?

    Sometimes when people are experiencing difficulties, they may need to be seen to assess their current mental health and see how they can be supported.

    The service accepts referrals from GP’s, other health professionals and social services, for adults aged 18 and over.

  • What will happen at my first appointment?

    You will be seen by an experienced mental health worker from the team who will offer you an assessment which will include exploring some of the difficulties that you are experiencing. At the end of the assessment we will discuss options available to meet your current needs.

    A summary of the assessment and recommendations will be sent to you, your GP and the referrer. Staff can provide you with information leaflets which may include information about diagnosis, treatment, self-help and support agencies. You can also access mental health self help guides at and as a free app at the Google and Apple stores.

    You are welcome to bring someone with you to support you. If you would like a family member, friend or advocate to take part in your assessment we would value their contribution.

  • How can the team help me?

    Following initial assessment you will be contacted to discuss treatment options based on the outcome of the assessment. This is a mental health professional who will meet with you to discuss your treatment. They will also keep in contact with any other professionals involved in your care.

    The aim of the service is to aid recovery from mental ill health and to assist people in returning manageable levels of activity and independence.

  • Help for carers

    Where appropriate relatives and carers are encouraged to be part of the initial assessment and will help formulate your treatment plan at your request.

    We will put you in touch with local carers support networks and offer a Carers Assessment on request. These are all important to the work of the Community Treatment Team.

    Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust has a Carers Charter. Please ask a member of staff if you or your carer would like a copy of this booklet

  • Information the Trust keeps about you

    Everything you tell the team member and the information we keep about you is kept confidential within the team of professionals caring for you. The only exception to this would be if we felt there was a risk to yourself or to others, but we would discuss this with you.

    You have a right to see any records we keep about you including the information stored within your electronic health records. Staff will give you a copy of the ‘Information that the Trust keeps about you’ leaflet. Copies are also available from the Patient Information Centre Tel: 0191 246 7288.

    At your first appointment you will be given the choice of receiving copies of letters written by healthcare professionals about your care and we will ask you to sign a consent form for sharing information.

  • Can my family and friends who support me get involved in my care?

    With your permission as part of our care we would like to offer an initial visit to get to know your partner and/or family and friends who are involved in supporting you to see if we can answer any questions or queries they may have about our service or your care. We will discuss this with you at your initial assessment appointment.

    What should I do if I don’t understand or have a problem – perhaps I have missed an appointment?

    Please don’t be afraid to give us call, numbers for the teams are at the end of this leaflet.

  • Interpreter

    If you require an interpreter. staff can arrange to book an appointment.

  • Travel information

    Bus timetable information – Telephone: 0871 200 22 33– (7am – 8pm)
    • Bus timetable and public transport maps Website:

  • Dignity and respect

    Staff at the Trust will treat you with dignity and respect and staff expect the same in return. We want to ensure that our staff can work, and service users can experience treatment, in an environment that is safe and secure. As part of the NHS, we have a zero tolerance of all forms of abuse. Violence against our staff, service users and visitors is a crime. We will take action against anyone who behaves in a violent or aggressive way.

  • What if I have a comment, suggestion, compliment or complaint about the service?

    If you want to make a comment, suggestion, compliment or complaint you can:
    • talk to the people directly involved in your care
    • ask a member of staff for a feedback form, or complete a form on the Trust website (click on the ‘Contact Us’ tab)
    • telephone the Complaints Department 0191 245 6672
    • email [email protected] Please note that information sent to the Trust via email is sent at your own risk
    • We are always looking at ways to improve services. Your feedback allows us to monitor the quality of our services and act upon issues that you bring to our attention.

    You can provide feedback in the following ways:
    – the quickest way for you to do this is to complete our short online survey at
    – complete a Points of You survey, available from staff.

  • Useful contacts

    • Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)
    Tel:0800 328 4397
    Provides confidential advice and support for service users, relatives and carers.

    • Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust –
    Tel:0191 246 6800

    • The Patient and Carer Involvement Service
    Tel:01670 501 816
    Involving patients, carers and their families in making decisions about their care, can lead to better outcomes and a better overall experience. The Patient and Carer Involvement Service co-ordinate and facilitate involvement, as well as providing training and support to those who wish to help the
    Trust shape service design and delivery. To find out more information visit our webpage: or email:[email protected]

  • Contact Information

    Open 9am – 5pm

    Carlisle Community Treatment Team
    11 Portland Square
    CA1 1PY

    Tel:01228 603 850

    Eden Community Treatment Team
    Beacon Unit
    Penrith Hospital
    Bridge Lane
    CA11 8HX

    Tel:01768 245 503

    West Community Treatment Team
    Lillyhall Business Centre
    Jubilee Road
    CA14 4HA

    Tel:01900 705 262

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    This information can be made available in a range of formats on request (eg Braille, audio, larger print, easy read, BSL or other languages). Please contact the Patient Information Centre Tel: 0191 246 7288

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    Ref, PIC/887/0523 V1 Tel: 0191 246 7288

    Review date 2026