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Mental Health

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence where departments of community mental health are located; what services they provide; and if he will make a statement. (91295)

The MOD has 15 Departments of Community Mental Health (DCMHs) in the UK at the following locations:

Kinloss (Inverness)

Leuchars (Edinburgh)

Faslane

Aldershot

Brize Norton

Catterick

Colchester

Cranwell

Marham

Plymouth

Portsmouth

Tidworth

West Midlands (Donnington)

Woolwich

Lisburn (Northern Ireland)

We also have satellite centres at the following overseas locations:

Germany—Community Health Teams (CHT) at:

Wegberg (including in-patient facility)

Paderborn

Gutersloh

Osnabruck

Hohne

Gibraltar (CHT)

Cyprus (CHT)

DCMH teams comprise Psychiatrists and Mental Health Nurses, with access to Clinical Psychologists and mental health social workers. The aim is to see referred individuals at their unit medical centre and, with the patient’s permission, to engage with GPs and the patient’s chain of command to help manage any mental health problems identified. The full range of psychiatric and psychological treatments are available including medication, psychological therapies and environmental adjustment where appropriate, provided by 25 Consultant Psychiatrists and around 120 Registered Mental Health Nurses working in the Defence Medical Services. For PTSD our treatment meets the standards set by the independent National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.