The St Vincent's Hospital Psychogeriatric Mental Health Service (SVPMHS) team is made up of clinicians from medicine, nursing, psychology and social work, with specific expertise in psychogeriatrics.
Each member of the team can provide a high level of 'general' (or 'core competency') expertise in psychogeriatrics, as well as their profession-specific expertise, to other health professionals, in the form of information, discussion, advice, education, supervision, clinical case review, multidisciplinary case-conferencing and/or guidance in the interpretation of test results and reports, as required.
The model of care utilised by the SVHPMHS team in inner-city Sydney is based on treating people in their place of residence as far as possible, in collaboration with their General Practitioner (GP) and any other health professionals involved (eg ACAT team, community health team, or residential care staff), and preventing the need for presentation to the emergency department and/or acute admission to hospital, and/or aged care residential respite or placement, as far as possible.
This model of care has been extended to the Psychogeriatric SOS initiative, by providing expert support to the principal rural clinicians and professional carers dealing with the patient in the short- and medium- and longer-term, thus empowering those clinicians, and enhancing and maximising the patient' experience of continuity of care.
Psychogeriatric SOS is available to all medical, nursing and allied health staff in hospitals, community centres, private practices and in government and non-government residential aged care facilities (retirement complexes, hostels and nursing homes), who feel they need the sort of expert help and support the SVHPMHS team can provide to enable them to manage the psychogeriatric needs of their patients locally, as far as possible.