Assessment and Outreach Team

The Assessment and Outreach Team (AOT) provides a high quality evidence based gatekeeping service to enable young people to access Tier 4 services local to their area to ensure they get the right care at the right time. The AOT also aims to reduce length of stay by offering intensive outreach support to facilitate early discharge from hospital. The team is a multi-disciplinary team and consist of senior mental health practitioners, assistant practitioners, as well as psychiatry and psychology input. The team operates seven days per week from 9am to 9pm.

Referrals come from our Tier 3 CAMHS colleagues and Mental Health Liaison teams based within the acute hospitals. The person referring the young person makes a referral if they feel that the young person could benefit from a hospital admission or benefit from consultation from Tier 4 practitioners to look at ways of increasing support to avoid hospital admission. Tier 4 practitioners will arrange with the referrer a time to come and carry out an assessment with the young person and their case manager and parent/carer. Out of hours the senior nurse on Coral Ward in Ancora House will triage any referrals. Tier 4 assessments are not undertaken out of hours by AOT.

Currently AOT are providing an assessment and gatekeeping service for the whole of the Cheshire and Merseyside footprint as well as the North West Borough’s catchment areas of Knowsley, St. Helen’s, Warrington and Halton.

Contact us

Tel: 01244 397333