Community Mental Health Team

Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) offers specialist support to adults aged 18-65 in East Lothian.

Service Description

GPs can refer to the team on your behalf if they feel your needs may require more specialist help. On receiving the referral the team will consider who is the most appropriate person to address your needs. You may be allocated and have an initial assessment with a worker.

Community Psychiatric Nurse (CPN)

CPNs work outside hospitals and will provide assessments at various venues such as out-patient departments, GP surgeries, and in some instances at home.  CPNs provide support to people through difficult periods of their mental ill health. The CPN will work with you and learn about your difficulties, find out how you see your problems, develop your strengths, give support, information and advice. Together you will develop a clear “care plan” that will focus on Recovery. CPN’s may do significant short pieces of work with patients or if required on a longer term basis. This can include monitoring a patient’s mental health and be the first point of contact for the patient if they were to become unwell.

A CPN will help patients with their medication, its concordance and making sure that the patient understands what they should be taking and when. They will also help to promote and undertaking of healthier living strategies. Some CPNs will be able to offer more specialised therapy due to their extra training in particular psychotherapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Behavioural Family Therapy (BFT), and Mindfulness.

CPNs can play a valuable role in helping the patient’s family and carers understand and cope with the illness. CPN’s also work closely with other healthcare professionals and liaise frequently with other community supports to facilitate and improve quality of life for patients.

Community Mental Health Support Workers

Support Workers will work with the patient on an individual basis offering one-to-one engagement and support. Support workers may also run support groups and activities with patients and contributing to their on-going treatment and recovery. Support workers work outside hospitals and see patients at out-patient departments, GP surgeries, and in some instances at their home. They work with the CPNs, and may do joint working with the CPN or other team colleagues such as OT’s, consultant psychiatrists.

Support workers can also deliver specific programmes of treatment such as activity planning, motivational work, graded exposure. Along with looking at helping the patient look at return to work or voluntary work or give assistance to those who have more complex needs and have care packages.

Community Mental Health Peer Support Workers

Peer support workers can provide social and emotional support, through their own lived experience which can bring about a desired social and personal change for the patient. They can help with the enable patients to engage more fully in their recovery experience. Peer support workers can also provide specific designed recovery tools such as Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) and work within the recovery model. Patients who opt to use Peer support should be prepared to actively engage in their own lived experience to enhance recovery.

Service Categories


Intended Client Groups:

  • People Experiencing Mental Health Difficulties

Applicants for this service should also meet this condition:

Adults aged 18 - 65 in East Lothian


Agency Referral

GP and other health professionals can refer

Contact Info. & Service Address

Herdmanflat Hospital, Pencriag Building
Aberlady Road
EH41 3BU

Office Hours

9.00 am - 5.00 pm Monday to Friday

Service Contact

Tel: 0131 536 8646

Facilities & Access

This service has the following facilities:

  • Public Parking
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Translation Service
  • Creche facilities are not available at this location.

Provider's Name: NHS Lothian

Type: NHS Lothian

NHS Lothian provides a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services for the populations of Edinburgh, Midlothian, East Lothian and West Lothian.

Services run by this provider

Service Contact

Tel: 0131 536 8646

Office Hours

9.00 am – 5.00 pm Monday to Friday

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