NHS - Adult's Specialist Community Mental Health Team - North East Essex

Provides assessment and treatment for individuals who are experiencing a Serious Mental Illness

How it can help

The Colchester Specialist Mental Health Team (CSMHT) and the Tendring Specialist Mental Health Team (TSMHT) provide a range of interventions and support for the treatment of adults with Serious Mental Illness (SMI), including: 

  • involvement of a care coordinator to support individuals who have complex needs, including physical, social, environment and psychological factors
  • involvement of a lead practitioner to complete care planning and provide specific and time-limited input where appropriate and referring / sign posting to local community services
  • access to their 'Starting My Recovery Groups', providing brief psychologically informed interventions
  • review with a psychiatrist for the purpose of diagnoses and treatment
  • monitoring individuals with established 117 needs under the Mental Health Act 
  • a dedicate duty service operating during working for individuals with an open referral to the Specialist Community Mental Health Teams who require urgent advice or crisis support
  • providing carer’s assessments to those carer’s where a service user has an open to a team
  • access to their dedicated physical health clinics for ongoing monitoring of health




Adults experiencing a Serious Mental Illness who are registered with a North East GP

How to access

Referral from a GP or other healthcare professional required

Opening hours

Monday: 9:00-17:00
Tuesday: 9:00-17:00
Wednesday: 9:00-17:00
Thursday: 9:00-17:00
Friday: 9:00-17:00
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Special need

Social, emotional and mental health

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