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Assessment to Intervention Team (A2i)

The Assessment to Intervention (A2i) Team is the entry point to Mental Health Services for those living in Portsmouth with a Portsmouth GP. Routine referrals are first received by the A2i team, who then decide whether to assess a patient or signpost to a more appropriate treatment. Referrals will be assessed within 4 weeks. Urgent referrals should be sent to Crisis Resolution Home Treatment (CRHT) team.

Referral criteria

Referrals are accepted from qualified professionals, including GPs and Talking Change. The team are currently unable to accept self-referral.


Please speak to a professional involved in your support for referral or speak to your GP or 111.


Until the patient has been seen for an assessment, they remain under the care of the GP.

Full service description

The Assessment to Intervention (A2i) Team is the entry point to Mental Health Services for those living in Portsmouth with a Portsmouth GP. Routine referrals are first received by the A2i team, who then decide whether to assess a patient or signpost to a more appropriate treatment. Referrals will be assessed within 4 weeks. Urgent referrals should be sent to Crisis Resolution Home Treatment (CRHT) team.


We are an NHS team made up of health and social care professional with different skills.


We offer routine, holistic assessments to individuals with severe and enduring mental illness.


We are able to offer short term interventions to identified patients. The support offered is individualised to the persons identified needs but may include a medication review, intensive Occupational therapy, psychological assessment and short term evidenced based interventions.


If the support required is of a longer-term nature, we will transfer care to the Community Mental Health Team.


A2i may offer assessment and identify there is no role for this service. In these instances, they will offer advice and guidance about where to access support.

Referral method

The service is for people with conditions that cannot be managed within primary care. For example:

  • severe psychotic disorders
  • severe depression
  • severe emotional difficulties that could lead to harmful behaviour
  • severe personality disorders
  • severe types of obsessive/compulsive disorder, phobia or anxiety spectrum disorders
  • patients with a gender identity disorder, who require a mental health assessment prior to referral to a gender identity clinic

Referrals are accepted from qualified professionals, including GPs and Talking Change. The team are currently unable to accept self-referral.

Referrals must include as much relevant information as possible about a person's current and previous mental health history. These can be made via System 1, in writing or by calling the team.

Contact Information

Assessment to Intervention Team (A2i)

0300 123 3921

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Block A, St Marys Community Health Campus, Milton Road, Portsmouth, PO6 3AD

Opening hours

  • Monday: 8:30 - 17:00
  • Tuesday: 8:30 - 17:00
  • Wednesday: 8:30 - 17:00
  • Thursday: 8:30 - 17:00
  • Friday: 8:30 - 17:00

Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

Please visit our services page for specific services and contact details. Alternatively, contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service by emailing or calling the number below. You can also give us feedback, make a complaint or share a compliment.

pals@solent.nhs.uk

0800 013 2319

*Lines are open Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm.

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act was passed on 30 November 2000. It gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, with full access granted in January 2005.

The Act sets out exemptions to that right and places certain obligations on public authorities.

Email: InformationGovernanceTeam@solent.nhs.uk

Phone: 0300 123 3919

*Subject to any exemptions which apply, we are obliged to provide the information requested please note that requests for Personal Information is not covered under this Act and should be applied for through the Data Protection Act 1998.

Our administrative and managerial centre is based in Southampton.

While our services can be found around various NHS locations in Southampton and Portsmouth (and surrounding districts), our administrative and managerial centre is based in Southampton at:

Highpoint Venue
Bursledon Road
Southampton
SO19 8BR

If you require a printable version of how to find us including bus times, car access and bike info please download our leaflet. (Copyright of Highpoint Venue).

Central office phone: 0300 123 3390

*Lines open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

If you are a journalist with a media enquiry, please contact the Communications Team at:

communications@solent.nhs.uk 

0300 123 4156 or 02381 031076

The Communications Office is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.