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National services

Information for patients and carers

National services

Information for patients and carers

National services

Information for patients and carers

National services

Information for patients and carers

How to access our national and specialist mental health services

If you are a patient, the first step is to see your GP who will help you as much as they can. If they feel you need additional support they may refer you to your local community mental health team (CMHT) for treatment and care.

If your CMHT feels you need more help than they can provide, they may refer you to one of our specialist services. Your CMHT will also need to apply for funding from your local clinical commissioning group (CCG).

Other professionals can also refer you to our national and specialist services. Visit the relevant national or specialist service page to find a list of these professionals. The referrer will also need to arrange funding approval from your CCG.

We cannot offer informal advice or recommendations by phone or email. The only way of accessing our national and specialist services is through the process described above. Our involvement begins when we receive a funded referral to one of our specialist services.

Information about treatment and care

We know good quality information is an important part of your care and can help make things easier while you are waiting.

To find out more visit our treatment and care pages

For carers

We know that carers play a vital role in supporting people with mental health problems. As well as providing care and treatment for the people who use our services, we are also here to support you, the carer.

You can find out more about the support we offer carers in the Information for carers part of the website.