Changes to the Leeds Mental Health Single Point of Access (SPA

//Changes to the Leeds Mental Health Single Point of Access (SPA

Work is currently underway as part of the community redesign project to change Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s Single Point of Access (SPA).

From 4 March 2019 it will operate in a more clearly defined role of providing an access point for secondary care referrals.

The SPA will continue to provide the single referral pathway into LYPFT services, triage referrals for urgent same day face-to-face crisis assessment, and direct less urgent referrals through to other appropriate secondary care teams.

Pathways and contact details for referrers will not change and service users and carers can still make referrals to the SPA for people who have previously been under their care.

The primary difference will be that the SPA will not continue to provide an out of hours telephone support line function for service users and carers.

To ensure that service users and carers still have access to telephone support, arrangements are being put in place to extend access to a telephone support line through third sector partners in Leeds.

This is currently in development with commissioners and is anticipated to be in place from the beginning of March when calls will be re-directed to these services.

They have published an article on their website which includes a downloadable patient information handout to help raise awareness of this change.

For partners who need to change their website content, please use the following wording:

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s Single Point of Access (SPA) Team provides an access point for referrals by health care professionals to specialist mental health services in Leeds.  They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Further details about the SPA can be found on the Urgent Referrals page of the Trust’s website.

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2019-03-05T15:35:10+00:00 27th February 2019|0 Comments

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Sean is the communications Officer at Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) and also deals with admin and office management. He enjoys the wide variety of his role which covers things like designing reports and documents, organising meetings, putting together ebulletins, writing blogs, updating the LOPF website and social media and making sure that the office never runs out of milk. He has worked in the third sector since 2001 first with Volition and then LOPF and is the longest serving member of the Forum Central team. Previous to this Sean had mainly worked in horticulture and also had a spell managing a newsagent shop.

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