Alternatives to acute admission: crisis resolution and home treatment

by Dr Christopher Bridgett


Last updated: April 2015


Crisis resolution and home treatment has become a very important alternative to acute admission in adult general psychiatry in recent years.


An escalating need for acute beds and the spiralling costs of buying acute care in from the private sector has been the major stimulus to introducing alternatives to acute admission, especially acute intensive home treatment.


This module begins with a look at alternatives to acute admission in adult general psychiatry. It investigates the following questions: 


  • why might alternatives be necessary?


  • what alternatives are possible?


  • when is acute in-patient care still needed?


The module then sets out the main structures and functions of a crisis resolution home treatment team.


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Please note: This module was last updated in 2015. A revision is being worked on, but in the meantime please be aware when completing the module that some of the guidance may have changed.

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