Providing community rehabilitation support to help people recover from complex psychosis

Service user and nurse in corridor
Black and minority ethnic individuals are over-represented in an inpatients' setting – we want to address this

In Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, we have historically supported some individuals with complex psychosis and other severe and enduring mental health difficulties in inpatient services. Some people could have had their needs met in a community setting.

During the Covid-19 pandemic we have temporarily invested and introduced an Enhanced Recovery Team, which supports rehabilitation in the community, for those people that could benefit.

We propose to expand this service – the Enhanced Recovery Team would work with the Community Treatment and Recovery Teams, offering consultation and support. They would also work with GPs, social services, local housing providers and employment specialists.

We want to better support people who are struggling to live independently, and people in supported independent placements, by offering them support in a less restrictive environment – preferably their own home. We would coordinate a person’s care and hold overall clinical responsibility for their mental health while they are living in the community, to avoid them being admitted to hospital.

Black and minority ethnic individuals are over-represented in inpatients' settings. We want to reduce this inequality by working with black and minority ethnic communities to identify the barriers they experience in accessing care in the community.

Case study: Robert 

Robert is a 49-year-old man with a history of hospital admissions following a decline in his mental health.