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Department of Community Mental Health

Department of Community Mental Health
The Department of Community Mental Health is a lodger unit at RAF Marham operating under the auspices of the Defence Secondary Care Agency. It is tasked with meeting the mental health needs of Service personnel of all our armed forces stationed within the East Anglia area. The catchment area extends East of the A1 corridor and south as far as RAF Henlow. This provides us with a Service population of approximately 12,000 personnel.

Each unit can expect a visit from either the Consultant or a CPN at least weekly.

The team consists of a Wing Commander Consultant Psychiatrist, a Community Psychiatric Nursing Officer, 2 other Community Psychiatric Nurses (both Sergeants), and a civilian administrator.

The department has operated out of Marham since the closure of its old home, Royal Air Force Hospital Ely in 1992.

Our primary roles are to:
Provide peacetime psychiatric support to the armed forces.

  1. Provide personnel in direct support to HQ 38Gp for the worldwide psychiatric aeromedical evacuation of patients from overseas units/ships/formations (peacetime) or Operational theatres where it is clear that repatriation and treatment cannot be met outside of the UK.

  2. Provide specific treatments/therapies/advice at the direct request of station Medical Officers. For example:

  • Phobias

  • Anxiety Management

  • Depression

  • Grief Counselling

  • Post Trauma

  • Alcohol Education

  • On-demand, Pre-Operational Stress Briefings.

We liaise closely with other welfare agencies (SSAFA-FH, Padres and Social Services).

Referrals can only be taken directly from a Medical Officer.

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