The outreach service provides combined psychosocial and psychosocial treatment to patients living in their local community.

The outreach programme may follow on from inpatient treatment, or may be accessed directly. 

Length of treatment

The length of treatment is up to 24 months.

The treatment programme includes:

Psychosocial nursing

Weekly community-based psychosocial nursing groups where senior nurses provide psychosocial input and help patients tackle the realities of daily living, in employment, education, housing and in family and personal relationships.

Group psychotherapy

Twice weekly small group psychotherapy, is provided twice weekly by our senior group psychotherapists.

Assessment and reviews

Regular progress reviews are held with the multidisciplinary team, including external professionals, led by the lead outreach consultant. Periodic psychometric assessments are undertaken by our research psychologist.

Family and couple work

Couple and family therapy is offered according to need.

Cassel support forum

A forum co-facilitated by staff and patients’ family members and carers takes place twice a month. These offer help, support and advice to family members and carers as well as an opportunity to meet others in similar situations and share experiences.

Outreach patient forum

Regular patient forums of patients and staff provide a way to involve patients in the development of the outreach service and for staff and patients to feed back to each other about the outreach programme: what works well and what could be improved. The meetings follow an agenda and are minuted for accountability.