Older adult mental health team

The older adult mental health team provides community mental health services to people aged 65 and over with serious and/or enduring mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia. The older adult mental health team also provides community mental health services to people aged 18 and over with complex cognitive disorders.

Our services include:

  • single point of access for all referrals
  • assessment and diagnosis
  • psychological intervention
  • medication management
  • risk management, including safeguarding support, advice and health information for clients and their carers
  • support and education for primary care teams, social and community services, outpatient clinics and other statutory, voluntary and private organisations providing care to older people with mental health needs.

Therapies available (group and individual) include:

  • medication management
  • talking therapies
  • cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • cognitive stimulation therapy
  • rehabilitation programmes
  • support to engage in community social, leisure and recreational pursuits
  • occupational therapy
  • provision of environmental adaptations and assistive technologies.

The team includes psychiatrists, psychologists, community nurses, occupational therapists, social workers and support workers.

Patient information

Contact our service in Waltham Forest

Older adult mental health team
Red Oak Lodge
17 Thorne Close
Langthorne Road
E11 4HU

Tel: 0300 555 1270
Fax: 0844 493 0261
Opening times: 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday

How can I access the service?

Your GP is the first point of call if you begin to experience memory problems, confusion or disorientation. They can rule out any physical cause of the symptoms and may then make a referral to the memory clinic.

Referrals to the service are made by GPs.

Mental Health Crisis Lines

If you are experiencing something that makes you feel unsafe, distressed, or worried about your mental health, you can now contact your local crisis service calling:

111 Option 2 for Mental Health, or Mental Health Direct on 0800 995 1000

If you currently receive a service from a team at NELFT, such as a local community mental health team or a psychiatrist, then you can make contact with them directly during office hours, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. It may be helpful to refer to your care plan, which should have details of who to contact in an emergency.