Mental health

Trainee post evaluation August 13- 'Excellent experience for dealing with dementia and the challenges this presents in a very well run memory service.' 'Excellent rotation for GP, particularly as it is primarily within the CMHT and so is community oriented and based in out- patients.'

Northallerton CMHT, Friarage Hospital

The mental health unit is located in a new purpose built facility opened in 1992 and houses 25 acute beds on two wards, together with adult and elderly day wards.  The service is delivered through multi-disciplinary community teams, each led by a consultant, comprising a team secretary, a psychologist, CPNs, occupational therapists and an approved social worker.  There are close links with the voluntary sector.  GPSTs work either in an adult team or jointly in two teams (one adult, one old age), in order to gain broad experience of mental health in a community setting.

Commended by the Mental Health Act Commission as a model of good practice, the unit is one of a few in the UK with a computerised system for the care programme approach.  As well as individual supervision from their consultant, GPSTs receive weekly tutorials aimed exclusively at the educational needs of the GP Trainee.  In addition, attendance at the VTS study programme is compulsory and there are opportunities to attend most of the half-day academic programmes at York run by the North Yorkshire Training Scheme in Psychiatry.  Most GPSTs also take several days study leave on appropriate courses.  The on-call rota is one in five with prospective cover.

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