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Mental Health Services for Older People

Inpatient Areas

We have 7 inpatient wards with a total of 115 beds; 3 assessment, 2 extended assessment, 1 functional and a Young Onset Dementia ward, which cares for patients with a diagnosis of dementia under the age of 65.

Integrated Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) 

Our Integrated Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) is based in the Llanfair Unit on the University Hospital Llandough site. This is a multidisciplinary team, where Local Authority and health staff including medical, social workers, nursing, therapies, psychology and admin staff work together to provide community care to patients and their families across the region. The Team is divided into four sectors, covering the North, West, South and East and Vale of Glamorgan. A large proportion of the community team’s work takes place in patients' homes as well as providing clinic sessions and group sessions in the sectors, following the principle of providing care closer to the patient’s own home.

Day Services

Day services are provided at the Assessment and Recovery unit (ARU) in University Hospital Llandough (Tier 1) and Grand Avenue, Ely (Tier 2). We offer a service to people over 65 years old to both Cardiff and the Vale with a dementia and functional mental health needs and a range of social and health care needs. The ARU is an acute assessment day unit, and the Grand Avenue day centre offers extended assessment and recovery health focussed services to those with ongoing complex assessment, recovery and respite needs.

Care Homes Liaison

The Care Homes Liaison team is based in the MHSOP Community team base and provides support to patients in approximately 59 care homes across the region. The team also provides education and support to workers within the care homes.


The REACT (Response Enhanced Assessment Crisis Treatment) team is part of the CMHT and is a multi disciplinary Crisis Intervention Team for older people, providing emergency and urgent support to older adults within the community.

Liaison Psychiatry for Older People (LPOP)

The Liaison Psychiatry for Older People (LPOP) team works closely with patients aged over 65 in the 4 general hospitals of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. These include University Hospital Wales, University Hospital Llandough, Barry Hospital and St David’s. The team use a model of care known as RAID which stands for Rapid Assessment, Interface and Discharge. If patients or family have any concerns about mental health whilst in hospital the LPOP RAID team can help.


The Solace team is based in Park Road, Whitchurch. The team provides support to Carers and those diagnosed with dementia, depression or severe later life mental illness with the aim to help prevent admission to hospital and deterioration in relation to being in hospital. Support is provided in a variety of ways, including group support, telephone advice, educational groups, therapy groups (such as CST), information and signposting.

Young Onset Dementia Service

The Cardiff and Vale University Health Board Young Onset Dementia Service is a specialist and dedicated service for people who receive a diagnosis of dementia under the age of 65, and for their carers and families.


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