Service description

The team sees patients who are experiencing difficulties due to their dementia and require specialist support and advice.

The team also provide mental health assessment and specialist support to older patients with mental health problems who are current inpatients in one of our community hospitals.

Referral criteria

Patients who live in a care, residential or nursing home and have been diagnosed with dementia.

Patients demonstrating behaviour and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) where there is concern that, without support, their behaviour could lead to hospital admission. This could be due to a risk of harm to self and/or others or the behaviour impacting on the ability of the care home to meet the patient’s needs.

Patients requiring intensive assessment and intervention to maintain placement in a care home.

Management of withdrawal of anti-psychotic medication giving rise to behavioural changes which could impact on placement in care homes.

Patients in a community hospital who need a mental health assessment.

Who to contact if you need an interpreter or information about disabled access

Please let the person who is referring you to this service know at the time of referral.