A report by the National Audit Office has found that crisis resolution home treatment teams are having a 'positive impact' on local acute mental health services, providing an alternative to hospital admission for people experiencing a short-term mental health crisis.

However, the report said the services were being limited by a lack of input from specialist health and social care professionals, variations in staffing levels across the country and too few admissions to hospital being assessed by the teams.

It found that where such teams had been implemented they were making a significant impact by reducing pressure on beds and reaching many service users who would otherwise have needed admission to hospital.

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