|Contact||Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust|
|Address||Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Stadium Road, Woolwich, London, SE18 4QH|
The Bromley Home Treatment Team, which includes doctors, nurses and psychological therapists, provides care 24 hours a day 7 days a week for up to 20 patients at any one time and up to 1200 patients a year.
The team takes referrals from other services, self-referrals and third parties and provide an intensive community alternative to hospital. They provide choice in where care is delivered and reduce the length of inpatient stay with a step down care approach. It is thought they reduce the number of admissions and lengths of stay by around 30 per cent.
A psychiatric nurse or other member of the team visits most service users daily for up to an average of 40 minutes. The team deal with people when they feel at their worst or most vulnerable, and work with them during these life crises in a non-judgemental and compassionate way.
The team use an outcomes measurement system to assess the real time severity of patients’ mental health, monitor these changes with time, and use them to both aid clinical decision making and get a better understand of what is working well and what is not.
The team provides a more cost effective service by treating people in their homes in comparison to admitting and treating people in hospitals. More importantly the team acts as a crucial cog in the system facilitating and advocating for patients moving through all services, whether NHS or other agencies.
The Bromley Home Treatment Team were one of the pilot sites for the new Royal College of Psychiatrist’s Home Treatment Team accreditation system. They have also pioneered self-evaluative research in collaboration with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience, King’s College London.