Older Persons Mental Health Service

The Older Persons Mental Health (OPMH) Service provides the mental health service response for those with complex needs arising from:

  • Dementia
  • Psychosis
  • and more complex or enduring depression and anxiety disorders.

The service includes:

  • Memory assessment service, and link in for people to receive support following a diagnosis of dementia
  • fast track assessment for people within the community requiring assessment by the mental health service
  • supplementary mental health interventions within existing care arrangements in the community
  • fast track assessment to support care within other settings, i.e.
    • General Hospital inpatient service
    • Care Homes
    • routine liaison to support care within other settings;
  • Care management of people requiring ongoing mental health service intervention due to the complexity of their mental health needs.

The aim of the service is to provide timely psychiatric assessment and intervention to promote recovery and wellbeing for people with more complex needs arising from their mental ill health.

The service includes:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychology
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Social work services organised in a community team
  • a single network of care including the Argyll Unit and inpatient services at the Larkfield Unit at Inverclyde Royal Hospital.

The Older Persons Community Mental Health Service works in tandem with the Primary Care Mental Health Team.

Access to this service is primarily via GP referral.