Our mental health teams

This team:

  • is a specialist countywide team covering the east and west of Kent (excluding Medway). The service works with those aged 14-35 experiencing a first episode of psychosis. It is part of an integrated secondary care service which sits in an NHS Partnership Trust, under a section 75 agreement.
  • this service aims to work alongside individuals and their carer’s on a strength and recovery focused approach by intensive individual and family work, as well as various group activities including working with many partner organizations and professionals.
  • assesses the social care needs of people with mental health and their carers. They produce relevant care and support plans in line with Care Act requirements.
  • includes social workers, nurses and occupational therapists in care coordination roles, supported by psychologists, administrators and support workers including peer support workers.
  • contributes to the dedicated AMHP service on a rota basis.
  • provides the investigating officer function for safeguarding enquiries.
  • is aligned to clinical commissioning group areas for wider multi-disciplinary partnerships working with health colleagues.

This team:

  • is a countywide specialist mental health service which is integrated with the NHS Partnership Trust, under a section 75 agreement.
  • assesses the social care needs of people with mental health who have come into contact with the criminal justice system and their carers. The team produces relevant care and support plans.
  • consists of social workers, nurses and occupational therapists in care coordination roles, supported by other professionals from the forensic service including psychiatrists, psychologists, social work assistants and administrators.
  • promotes a recovery and strength based approach working with mentally disordered offenders at both the pre and post discharge point of their care pathway and carries out statutory supervision where needed.
  • contributes to the dedicated AMHP service on a rota basis.
  • provides the investigating officer function for safeguarding enquiries.
  • provides a countywide, specialist, forensic mental health service to Kent’s clinical commissioning group areas for a wider partnership working with health colleagues.

This team:

  • is based in a primary care setting offering a service to individuals experiencing mental distress where there is a social care need.
  • provides a service countywide for Kent County Council.
  • assesses social care needs with the individual and their family/network using an asset and strengths based approach.
  • will assess using ‘eligibility determination’ (Care Act 2014) to identify unmet social care needs and work with the individual and their family/network to agree a care and support plan.
  • works closely with the Kent enablement and recovery service and third sector strategic partners to help identify services or resources that will support individuals to manage their distress.
  • provides the investigating officer function for safeguarding enquiries. The team will also take the lead for self neglect cases providing coordination and collaboration with other services and providers.
  • will provide support and signposting to carers.
  • will provide social care support for individuals leaving secondary care mental health services who continue to have an identified on-going social care need.

This team:

  • is part of an integrated secondary care service which sits in an NHS Partnership Trust, under a section 75 agreement.
  • assesses service users under the Mental Health Act (1983) Amended 2007 as part of a rota covering 24 hours a day, 7 days a week across Kent.
  • identifies and resolves issues that effect mental health assessments and AMHPs.
  • has access to support to AMHP work through, supervision, debriefs and psychological support.
  • has training opportunities in regards to the role of the AMHP and wider social care and health needs.
  • strong governance structure offers support to AMHPs.
  • has a dedicated quality lead to improve practice and service delivery.
  • has an opportunity to work in a more flexible working pattern.
  • has an opportunity to increase earnings through one off payments for extra assessments and shift enhancements.

This team:

  • is centrally managed by Kent County Council and undertakes the designated Senior Manager role for managing adult safeguarding enquiries in line with the statutory framework of the Care Act 2014 relating to adults within primary and secondary mental health care.
  • also promotes good practice in safeguarding, acting as consultants within the teams and embedding the principles of making safeguarding personal.
  • are responsible for instigating and coordinating lines of enquiries and for the key decision stages in response to safeguarding concerns.
  • chairs adult protection meetings.
  • is made up of a team of senior social workers who are aligned to the community mental health teams and the primary care social workers.
  • works alongside Kent County Council's commissioning team and colleagues in primary and secondary care to support good quality care and preventative practices with care providers.
  • undertakes peer audits and reviews to ensure the continuous improvement of services.
  • works closely with the Kent County Council's adult safeguarding unit to ensure new initiatives in practice, changes in polices and legislations are reflected in practice.