Our teams

Inpatient and Urgent Care Teams

With 135 beds across ten mental health wards, as well as specialist Home Treatment (Crisis), Perinatal Mental Health and Psychiatric Liaison teams across Somerset, we look after patients from the point that a GP, patient or family of a patient contacts us. Join us and you’ll find a supportive atmosphere for patients and staff alike. The majority of our wards are accredited with the Royal College of Psychiatrists Quality Networks and Accreditation programmes. So, whichever team you join, you can expect all the support you need to provide excellent care.

We’re set up to offer patients the best support for their needs. Join one of our Home Treatment Teams and you’ll respond to patients’ acute mental health needs in the community, offering intensive home-based therapies and support as a safe alternative to hospital admission. But, if an inpatient admission is the best approach for the patient, we have wards catering for Children & Young People, Adults and Older People at all stages of their recovery. From short stays in our Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit, Older Persons Functional and Specialist Dementia wards, Regional CAMHS inpatient wards or one of our four Acute wards, to slightly longer stays in a rehab or low secure ward. As a member of one of our ward teams, you’ll provide compassionate support to meet each individual’s needs.

Community Mental Health Teams

We offer a range of specialist secondary mental health care services to adults with severe and complex mental health problems across Somerset to support their recovery in the community. Our range of expertise includes Eating Disorders, Forensic Services, Intensive Dementia Support Service, Personality Disorders, Early Psychosis, Autism Spectrum and Talking Therapies. This means we can identify how best to help people and give them the early support they need as they develop mental health problems, to avoid inpatient admissions where possible.

One of our main priorities is to make sure patients feel like they’re receiving a single, seamless service, so it’s important to understand each individual story. That’s why we work closely with patients, carers, the voluntary sector, local authorities and GPs. By agreeing and regularly reviewing patient goals and working closely with our partners to give everyone involved the support and advice they need, we can develop individual care plans that support recovery, or ensure patients get the best expert help from the start. At the end of their care, we’ll discharge them back to the care of their GP or support them with on-going treatment in their homes.

Learning Disabilities Teams

We offer specialist healthcare services to people with learning disabilities whose needs aren’t met through mainstream care services. This sees us working closely with patients, their families and carers, as well as a wide range of local health, community and social care services. Offering specialist assessments, formulations and interventions based on NICE care pathways, we’re focused on giving our patients the support they need to improve their quality of life.

Our teams cover a wide range of specialist roles, from Learning Disability Nurses, Occupational Therapists, and Speech and Language Therapists, to Psychologists, Physiotherapists and Psychiatrists. All working together to offer individual person-centred care and bespoke support that meet our patient’s complex physical and mental health needs. At the same time, we also look at enabling them to access mainstream health services and offering support with reasonable adjustments where possible.