Roles of Practitoners in Providing Care and Support

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  • Be your first point of contact- those with emotional/psychological conditions will often speak to their GP about their problems first.
  • Initial assessment- can provide the first diagnosis of a mental health condition, first step in beginning to cope with it.
  • Prescribe medication- to help control their mental health condition, such as antidepressants.
  • Arrange referrals- to other treatments/services if they believe the patient needs specialist treatment for their mental health e.g. counselling, a CPN, a psychologist.
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  • Specialist diagnosis- wider understanding, diagnosis of client's mental health condition and can offer an assessment.
  • Provides counselling- beneficial for someone suffering from a mental health condition as it allows them to discuss their problem to begin working towards coping with it.
  • Writes reports- updates these reports on client's mental health condition to keep track of their progression, whether their illness has deteriorated or improved, may be used in court or care plan.
  • Liaises with other professionals- to discuss any problems or queries about the service user in which they feel they need help of another professional on the mental health team for the benefit of the patient.
  • Attend court hearings- if a client has committed a criminal offence they may have to verify their mental health condition. Can also attend mental health tribunals to look at the detention of a mental health patient.
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Social Worker

  • Organising care plan- to identify the needs of the mental health patient and how they will be met. Will also communicate with the family and encourage them to do whats best for the patient.
  • Organise a case conference- with other medical or social workers to consider client's needs and make decisions to bestsuit them. May involve becoming an advocate for a vulnerable service user who needs more support.
  • Organise accomodation- this is intervention for those with a mental health condition who are unable to care for themselves e.g. severe alcoholic. May also work here and encourage the development of independent living skills.
  • Inspections of facilities- ensure care and support provided for clients with mental health problems is satisfactory, inspect shelttered accomodation.
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Community Psychiatric Nurse/Mental Health Nurse

  • Request assessments- by other members of the multi-disciplinary team if they feel that the service user has additional underlying issues e.g. psychologists. Allows them to intervene before the client's condition worsens.
  • Support- provide support for service users through running support groups (e.g. counselling) that can be used as a listening ear for any problems their ill-mental health is causing them. Also extends to informal carers of the patient who are struggling to cope.
  • Information and advice- for the client on their mental illness and treatment available to them, keeps them fully informed about their condition thus helping them cope better.
  • Acute/emergency care- out of hours for those suffering from a mental health condition to ensure their well-being is always paramount.
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Clinical Psychologists/Psychologists

  • Professional counselling- trained to provide this on psychological and emotional issues (e.g. stress management, relaxation therapy) that are affecting an individual's mental health.
  • Take part in case conferences- with a multi-disciplinary team to ensure there is appropriate support and treatment avaliable for the mental health patient.
  • Provide advice- in the form of literature allowing them to have a better understanding of their mental health condition.
  • Provide therapy- that may help a patient cope with their mental illnes e.g. CBT, art therapy.
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  • Provides talking therapies- gives reassurance and helps a person with a mental health problem effectively deal with their condition.
  • Write reports- on the service user's mental progress, will be kept as data.
  • Report concerns- regarding a client to the nursing and medical team if they believe their is potential danger and an intervention is needed.
  • Provide literature- to support therapy sessions, may give 'homework' activities relevant to therapy therefore encouraging self-help giving a patient some independence.
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Occupational Therapists

  • Develop skills- for independence or work related skills that may help them re-enter society coping more effectively with their mental health condition.
  • Carry out assessments- of an individual's workplace to determine the effect it may have on a patient's needs as the stressful environment may have a negative effect on their mental health condition.
  • Do activities- that may make working and living with a mental health condition much easier e.g. art therapy.
  • Assessment- may carry out an assessment of a mental health patient's needs to determine what aids they may need within their home and work to help support them.
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Support Workers/Healthcare Workers/Domicillary

  • Personal care- may assist a mental health patient with their personal care if they are unable to do it themselves e.g. bathing, washing hair.
  • Mobility assistance- offer help and assistance, are trained to use equipment and adaptations.
  • Medication assistance- can not provide medication but may prompt or remind a patient to take their antidepressants.
  • Assist group activities- therapy, workshops and social support in day centres, sometimes in the home to encourage them to socialise whilst coping with their illness.
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