This leaflet provides you with information that you may find useful during your time with our
We want to offer you as much help and support as you feel you need, to enable you to live
the life you want. If you are not sure about anything in this leaflet please ask a member of
What is the North Northumberland Adult Community Treatment Team?
The team provides an assessment and treatment service for people who are experiencing
difficulty with their mental health.
The team is made up of a number of health care professionals. Appointments with the
team are arranged at a number of different sites across your area. If this is inconvenient to
you then appointments may also be arranged within your own home.
Who is it for?
The team provides a service for men and women over the age of 18 years who require a period of assessment and treatment.
Why do I need to attend?
Involvement with us is of your choice or you may have been referred to the service by your
GP or another health professional. Often when people are experiencing difficulty with their
mental health they will need to be seen by a specialist service to assess their current
mental health needs and see how they can be helped.
What will happen at my first appointment?
You will see a nurse or a doctor and have a chance to talk about your current problems.
Anything you say will be confidential within the team unless there is a legal duty to inform
outside agencies. This will be explained before the assessment.
At the end of the assessment we will look together at the best options to help you with your
needs, either within our team or another service.
After your assessment, a letter will be sent to your family doctor and the referrer, if these
are different. You can ask for a copy of the letter.
You will be given a contact number of the team so that you will be able to telephone if you
cannot attend your next appointment.
What will happen next?
If you choose to see us again you will have one to one involvement with your Care
Co-ordinator. Together you will develop a care plan to help you address your mental
A range of interventions and therapies will be offered to suit your personal needs. This
can include group work, training, health checks.
How long are appointments?
The first appointment can last up to two hours. You are welcome to bring a carer, friend or
advocate with you.
Trust staff carry devices that can monitor and record abusive behaviour. They can alert
and receive support from emergency services and the recordings may be used in court
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 www.cntw.nhs.uk (click on the ‘Contact Us’ tab)
• telephone the Complaints Department 0191 245 6672
• email email@example.com 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 www.cntw.nhs.uk/poy
- complete a Points of You survey, available from staff.
Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) Tel: 0800 032 02 02
North East NHS Independent Complaints Advocacy (ICA) Tel: 0808 802 3000
North Northumberland Adult Community Treatment Team
Unit 2, Hawkhill Business Park
Tel: 01665 608 000
Office hours Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm
51 Hide Hill
Tel: 01289 301 301
Office hours Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm
Other formats, references and review
Further information about the content, reference sources or production of this leaflet can
be obtained from the Patient Information Centre. If you would like to tell us what you think
about this leaflet please get in touch.
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
Published by the Patient Information Centre
2018 Copyright, Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
Ref, PIC/554/1118 November 2018 V6
www.cntw.nhs.uk Tel: 0191 246 7288
Review date 2021