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Our vision: To improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland by providing high quality, integrated physical and mental health care pathways.
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AOT – Assertive Outreach Team

CMHT – Community Mental Health Team

CPA – Care Programme Approach

CPN – Community Psychiatric Nurse

CRT – Crisis Resolution Team

CTO – Community Treatment Order

MHA – Mental Health Act

Section 17 leave – permission for leave away from inpatient ward for periods of time

Positive symptoms - 
new behaviours or experiences appear to be ‘added’ to someone's personality. These might include some of the following:

  • Hallucinations– experiencing something that isn’t really there. There are several types listed below:
    • Visual – seeing things
    • Auditory – hearing things            
    • Olfactory – smelling odours
    • Tactile – feeling things
    • Gustatory – tasting things
    • Hypnogogic - hallucinations that are visual, tactile, auditory, or other sensory events, usually brief but occasionally prolonged, that occur at the transition from wakefulness to sleep or from sleep to wakefulness.
  • Delusions - beliefs, which are disconnected from reality, e.g. believing you are particularly special, that your thoughts are controlled by others, feeling something is 'going on' that you don't know about.
  • Thought Disorder – jumbled thoughts make it harder to concentrate, for example, when reading, watching the television or when having or holding a conversation.
  • Paranoia – suspiciousness, can include feelings of being controlled, watched by people, harassed, followed or believing you are part of a conspiracy.

Negative symptoms - they are behaviours or personality characteristics that appear to be 'missing' that used to be there before the person became unwell. These might include some of the following:  

  • Feeling withdrawn. Lacking the energy and motivation to see people or do things you normally would do.
  • People may notice a difference in your responses you may show less emotional responses to events or appear a bit ‘detached’ from things going on around you.
  • You may not feel like talking to others and ignore your family and friends.
  • You may be preoccupied with thoughts or perceptions and less involved in the world around you.


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