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Services in Christchurch

Mental Health Act Assessment

When will an assessment be appropriate?

  • Don’t request an assessment if there is an immediate risk of significant harm, dial 999 and ask for the Police or Ambulance.
  • An assessment will require some element of significant risk. Acting differently is not risky. There will be specific and identifiable risks of harm to themselves or to others.
  • Other options will have been tried first e.g. an appointment with G.P., management of risk through the Crisis Team, attendance at the Retreat, assessment by CMHT.
  • There will be evidence of some kind of mental disorder, diagnosed or undiagnosed. Unusual beliefs or unwise decisions are not (necessarily) evidence of a mental disorder.

Assessments requests are passed to the AMHP Hub from:

The AMHP Hub

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole AMHP Hub are part of Statutory Services within Adult Social Care Services. They are a team of Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs). 

What does the Hub do?

  • Risk assess and triage all requests for Mental Health Act assessments.
  • Link with relatives, carers and other professionals involved in a person’s care.
  • Ensure that all least restrictive options have been considered.
  • Identify known risks to the person and to professionals in the assessing team.
  • Co-ordinate and undertake assessments under the Mental Health Act.
  • We make arrangements for informal and formal admission to hospital
  • We make arrangements for alternatives to admission
  • We undertake identification of Nearest Relatives
  • We act as a resource to other professionals

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