Primary / Intermediate Mental Health Team

Currently the P/IMHT provides adult mental health assessments and a range of support and therapeutic interventions for people experiencing mild to moderate mental health (MH) problems.

Most of the interventions are of short term duration.

The service focuses on mental health promotion, social inclusion and a focus on enabling people to recognise symptoms and develop coping and self-management strategies.  The team provides an integrated health and social care assessment with input from Specialist Social Workers from Blackpool Council.


Single Point of Access duty team (SPA):

SPA is the initial point of access for all adult mental health referrals in the Blackpool area operating Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm and is responsible for screening and triaging all urgent/routine referrals before signposting to the most suitable service. Referrals are received via Choose and Book, email, fax and post, from a wide variety of sources in the local geographical area. A menu of service, clustering tool, liaison with other professionals and comprehensive telephone triage assessment provide a guide for staff in determining the most suitable pathway of care.

SPA and neighbourhood practitioners provide the Mental Health Primary Care interface with our GP and primary healthcare colleagues working with clients suffering long-term physical health conditions.


The PIMHT offers short term intervention from locality based clinicians who work out of Moor Park and South Shore Primary Care Centres. Interventions can be on an individual or group basis and include a range of pro-active approaches for example anxiety and depression management, psycho-education, medication advice, mental health promotion, and holistic or multi-agency interventions including risk management, managing emotional distress and providing specialist advice and support to third sector or community groups.


The PIMHT also provide specialist community interventions in the following areas:


  • Psychology: The Clinical Psychology Team provides specialist, evidence-based assessments, formulations and psychological interventions for adults in the Blackpool CCG area, with chronic, complex psychological and emotional difficulties that have caused a substantial impairment in their work, family/social relationships, mood and/or day to day functioning. The team also works as part of the wider Primary / Intermediate Mental Health Service, offering joint working and consultation on psychological aspects of patient care to mental health practitioners in the IMHT, and to Therapists in the Supporting Minds (IAPT) team. All referrals for direct clinical work are made via the Single Point of Access (SPA), where an initial screen of appropriateness for the service takes place.


  • Perinatal mental health: Our Perinatal clinicians have strong links with other community services, including Specialist Midwives, Health Visitors and Consultant Psychiatrists. They aim to identify mental health issues during pregnancy or up to 12 months postnatal, mainly engaging with clients with low to moderate risk factors and absence of psychotic illness. They conduct assessments, care planning, interventions and provide multi agency support for women according to need at various clinical bases, Women’s Unit Blackpool Victoria Hospital, children’s centres or in the home.  View Leaflet


  • ASD: The team offers an Autism Screening, diagnosis and brief intervention service for adults aged 18 plus where autism is suspected alongside impairment in the person’s functioning and mental health. Low Intensity mental health interventions are likely to have been provided previously with little benefit.  Following diagnosis brief intervention in the form of an awareness raising and social skills group is offered.  The team have previously developed social skills, peer and carer support groups; these are now being facilitated by the National Autistic Society although practitioners still provide mental health advice and guidance as needed.


  • ADHD: An ADHD clinic is held under the direction of a Consultant Psychiatrist and focuses on the assessment, diagnosis, and medication management of adults with unstable ADHD.


  • Families In Need practitioners: The Families in Need (FIN) clinicians are based at Blackpool Police Station and locality clinics. The majority of assessments are conducted in the client’s home or family centres.  Staff work collaboratively with the wider FIN team (Social Workers, Police, Substance Misuse workers, Support workers) offering mental health input to the adults of the high risk /complex families in Blackpool.


  • Consultant Psychiatrist: The Psychiatrist provides consultation and advice to GPs and primary care colleagues and also undertakes outpatient appointments: The clinics are non-caseload holding, providing psychiatric evaluation for non-emergency patients who require mental health diagnosis or diagnosis review and management, working with MH colleagues to identify and managing symptoms to minimise risk and the effective use of medication.