MAST is a Multi-Agency-Support-Team providing support at Bradford Royal Infirmary and Airedale General Hospital, and in the community on discharge.
The team is made up of peer support and support workers who provide specialist and specific support around Mental Health, Alcohol and Frailty.
The Cellar Trust – Mental Health Support
Project 6 – Alcohol Support
Carers’ Resource– Frailty support
The MAST team support individuals who frequently find themselves in Emergency Departments, often present with the same or similar issue. It may often be the case if the person had been able to access support sooner, their situations would not have deteriorated to the point where they required hospital care. Supporting individuals both in hospital and, following discharge, in the community to help remove the barriers that people face to ongoing treatment.
Support includes brief interventions, signposting and referring to other services. The team have a presence in A+E and relevant adult wards with a collaborative working with other teams at hospital such as PLN, OT, homeless, CAMHS, social care.
Community support includes follow up calls within 24 hours after discharge, Holistic support in the community (e.g. combined mental health and alcohol), Multiple referrals to appropriate long-term support and also focuses on avoiding readmission.
By reducing the number of individuals frequently attending these Emergency Departments the team help lessen the demand around the identified pressure points in the health system.
MAST’s latest 6-month report shows the impact of their work. View here.