Who are we?
We are a new national service hosted by NHS Lothian. We are committed to providing specialist support in Scotland for deaf people with mental health problems across Scotland.
What do we do?
We provide a high quality service for people with hearing impairment suffering from a mental disorder. Predominantly, we are a consultancy and liaison service providing the following:
- Advice on local management of deaf people with moderate or severe mental health problems which present challenges in assessment and/or treatment across Scotland
- Assessment and/or treatment of patients at request of or in liaison with local clinicians on an outreach basis
- Advice/assessment of the possible requirement for specialist inpatient treatment
- Provision of training in deaf awareness and deaf mental health issues for mental health professionals.
Patient referred to
Local mental health services
Clinician assesses need for specialist Input
Appointment made at regional clinic
Feedback/advice/signposting communicated to patient and referrer
How to Refer?
Referrals can be made in writing and referral forms can be obtained by calling the team administrator on 01506 523 671 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or by downloading one here
Telephone calls to discuss possible referrals are always welcome.
What happens next?
Patients will be seen by Advanced Nurse Practitioners on an individual basis for assessment of mental state and diagnosis in complex cases.
Specific time limited treatment may be offered.
Support for local teams in providing direct patient care. Advice given regarding further treatment and signposting to local deaf organisations.
Assessment of patients for inpatient treatment in the John Denmark Unit – National Centre for Mental Health and Deafness.
Liaison with inpatient team.
Facilitate and support discharge.
Dr Deborah Innes
Three Advanced Nurse Practitioners
covering East, North and West of Scotland
All staff can communicate in British Sign Language (BSL), SSE and spoken English
Mental Health Management offices
Block 1/2 , The Residences
St John's Hospital
Howden Road West
Tel: 01506 523671
Fax: 01506 523812
Other useful resources for deaf services
Scottish Council on Deafness (SCoD) www.scod.org.uk Tel: 0141 248 2474
British Society of Mental Health and Deafness www.bsmhd.org.uk Tel: 07880 715 427
John Denmark Unit – National Centre for Mental Health and Deafness email@example.com Tel: 0161 772 3400 Minicom: 0161 772 3407
Lothian Deaf Community Mental Health Services (for Lothian only) firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 0131 556 3128
Lothian Deaf Counselling Service (for Lothian only) Teresa.email@example.com Tel:0800 804 7462
Action on Hearing Loss Scotland www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk Tel: 0141 341 5330
Download the Scottish Mental Health Service for Deaf People leaflet