The Community Rehabilitation Service is part of Bristol Mental Health with Second Step as the lead partner working with Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) and Missing Link, a Bristol-based women’s mental health organisation. We specialise in working with people with long-term mental health and complex needs, focusing on helping them gain the skills and confidence to live as independently as possible in the community.
Since 2015, we have has supported 300 people, reduced inpatient admissions and successfully discharged 38% of clients to their GP - a really positive outcome considering many of the people we work with have been in secondary mental health service for many years. As winners of the Collaboration (Integration) award at the Third Sector Care awards in London in December last year we were delighted that our innovation work was recognised.
We are led by a clinical psychologist, bringing together social, psychological and medical approaches, to give individually tailored support from a team of professionals.
Specialist staff provide a range of interventions to help people manage their mental health effectively and live as independently as possible. These include:
- tools for wellbeing and recovery
- psychological support
- advice around medication
- education and volunteering
- help to find appropriate housing
- and links to community resources and activities.
People with drug and alcohol problems are referred to specialist services when appropriate.
To find out more in-depth information about the impact the service has, please read our Year One Evaluation
Most of our work is community-based with staff working out of Second Step’s offices in Brunswick Square, Bristol and visiting people in their own homes. We also have places for 10 people to stay at Wellbridge House in Brentry, plus six flats in Withywood. Clients are encouraged by our skilled staff team to learn strategies to help them reconnect back into their community. We will also offer recovery-focused courses and activities for people using the service.
Who does the service help?
The service supports people from across Bristol, who are usually referred from community and in-patient mental health services. We take referrals from social services, GPs and other voluntary sector agencies across Bristol. We are also happy to discuss self-referrals.
We offer specialist rehabilitation assessment, support and assistance to 100 people with longer-term or more complex mental health problems at any one time. We support people for up to 12 months, sometimes for longer, sometimes for less time. Some will receive intensive short-term care at Wellbridge House, others will receive longer-term support at home in the community.
The last Care Quality Commission inspection rated the accommodation side of the service as ‘good’ in all areas
Our aim is to reach all of Bristol’s communities and to ensure we do this, we have developed strong links with a range of organisations across the city.
For more information about the Community Rehabilitation Service call 0117 909 6372 or email email@example.com