Adult access and assessment team

The access and assessment service is for adults aged 18 and over needing community mental health services in the London borough of Barking and Dagenham. We provide an initial mental health assessment.

Once assessed we may:

  • refer or signpost to other mental health services or organisations
  • signpost to other services (e.g. social services)
  • provide brief intervention by the team for up to six months.

If needed, we can offer:

  • full assessment of mental health and social care needs
  • access to a psychiatrist talking therapies and other psychological help
  • advice and information
  • crisis intervention
  • psychiatric medication review
  • if appropriate self-guided support
  • support with social problems
  • recovery and wellbeing approaches.

We also provide a single telephone number for anyone enquiring about mental health services in Barking and Dagenham, urgent mental health assessment where needed and management of referrals to other specialist mental health services.

Our team is made up of psychiatrists, community mental health nurses, support time and recovery workers and occupational therapists.

Patient information

Contact our service in Barking and Dagenham

Access assessment and brief intervention team
Barking Community Hospital
Upney Lane
IG11 9LX

Tel: 0300 300 1570 - Option 3
Opening times: 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday


Referrals will be accepted from GPs or other health professional. Self referrals or from family, carers or friends and via walk-in centres.