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The three ²gether teams who support mental health patients in their own homes have received accreditation from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

The teams, who support people experiencing sudden mental health issues that are presenting risks to their welfare, are now officially accredited under the national Home Treatment Accreditation Scheme (HTAS).

²gether’s Countywide Community Services Manager Jez Leat, who manages the teams, said it was a great achievement, which should give service users and the wider community additional confidence in the services provided by the Trust.

“The process we went through to achieve accreditation involved rigorous examination of the care provided and the processes behind it,” Jez said.

“Our teams were assessed in depth, by a visiting team of inspectors, and have been found to be meeting the standards set down by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

“The Home Treatment Accreditation Scheme was introduced last year, as a way of ensuring high quality home treatment services,” he added.

“We are delighted to have met the standards, and our accreditation will continue until 2016 when we will be inspected again.”

The three teams – known as Crisis and Home Treatment Teams – cover the following geographical areas:

  • Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and North Cotswolds;
  • Gloucester and Forest; and
  • Stroud and Cotswolds.

The teams are comprised of professionals including Nurses, Social Workers, Psychiatrists and Community Support Workers.

They offer support and advice when people need an additional level of care, for example when their mental health is deteriorating. The teams monitor mental health, offer support and advice to families and carers, give practical support and assistance with daily activities, assist with medication management, and help service users to develop coping strategies.

The teams visit individuals every day for up to six weeks, enabling service users to stay in their own home, unless hospital admission becomes necessary. They are available to support people 24 hours a day and operate an emergency helpline for the people they are supporting.