Enfield older people community mental health team

We are the Enfield Older People Community Mental Health Team (Enfield OPCMHT) for people over 65 years old who have a mental health problem and live in the borough of Enfield.  We are a secondary care service that provides services directly to people with mental health problems where they live, and signpost to other local services which are available as required.  

Contact details

Enfield OPCMHT
Emerald House
Chase Farm Hospital
The Ridgeway
Enfield EN2 8JL

Opening times: Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm

Telephone:020 8702 5080

Out of hours: If your situation is not urgent you can leave a message on the team’s answer phone and someone will contact you during working hours.

For out of hours mental health advice and support please contact the Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team on: 0208 702 3800.

Who is the service for?

The service is for anyone experiencing a mental health issue. We work with people who have illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (manic depression), dementia, anxiety and depression. We provide help and support to people with severe or enduring mental health problems along with their carers.

Less severe mental health issues are treated by GPs- who may refer you to an Enhanced Primary Care Mental Health Service such as Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT).

What do we do?

The team works together to provide a range of treatment and support based around your needs. This may include providing information on treatment options, education on conditions and ways of managing these, an assessment of how you function in your home environment, and helping you access other services to get the support you need. You might need just time limited support or longer term input dependent on your circumstance.

Who works in our Enfield OPCMHT?

  • Team manager and deputy team managers
  • Psychiatrists
  • Community Psychiatric Nurses (CPNs)
  • Social Workers
  • Occupational Therapists (OTs)
  • Administrative Staff
  • Students on practice placement

How are we accessed?

All referrals must come from GP’s. Referrals are made at the GP’s discretion. There must be an identified psychiatric need for assessment.

What happens if I am referred to the OPCMHT:

All referrals received from GP’s are screened by the team. The person referred may be offered an outpatient appointment, be seen at home on a domiciliary visit or be referred to the Enfield Memory Service for assessment.

In all cases, you will be assessed by a team doctor and/or mental health professional, who will discuss your needs with you and agree a way forward. This may be to arrange a service from the team, direct you to an alternative source of help or provide expert advice.

We work in partnership with Enfield Memory Service and the Hawthorn Recovery Unit based at Chase Farm Hospital, Enfield Adult Social Care services and Enfield Community Services.

Care Co-ordination:   You will be allocated a care co-ordinator. This person is the member of the team who will be oversee your careplan.

Work with Carers:

Where necessary, we involve carers/relatives/significant others in the assessment and planning of your care. The person who cares for you may benefit from education, advice and support, and a separate assessment of their needs may be undertaken.