Table 1

Characteristics of the different teams

CMHTACTFACT
Case mixPeople with psychotic or
non-psychotic disorders
People with history of severe
psychosis who have difficulty
engaging with traditional services
and often with comorbid problems
People with a history of
psychosis
Age range, years17–65 for new referrals, no
upper age limit for existing
users of the service
17–65 for new referrals, no upper
age limit for existing users of the
service
17 and upwards for new
and existing users of the
service
Care planningIndividual case managementShared careIndividual case management with
periods of shared care as needed
Interface with mental
health professionals
Referrals made between
professionals when needed
All professionals involved in
delivery of care without
referrals, on a needs-led basis
All professionals involved in
delivery of care without referrals,
on a needs-led basis
Care coordinator:
patient ratio
3012–1525
  • ACT, assertive community treatment; CMHT, community mental health team; FACT, flexible assertive community treatment.