Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs)

There are five CMHTs in Cardiff, one in the Vale, and one Low Secure CMHT (based in Cardiff). They provide mental health service provision to clients aged 18 – 65 experiencing serious or enduring mental health problems. This is a statutory sector service delivered through a partnership between Health and Social Services and other voluntary sector providers.

Referrals are made on an area basis, according to GP catchment areas.

The CMHTs aim to:
  • Promote health and recovery
  • Prevent mental illness
  • Provide a local response to local people
  • Provide a range of services including assessment, diagnosis and treatment using a range of therapies, techniques and social interventions as well as general and specific support and advice. 


The Teams include a range of disciplines including psychiatry, psychology, physiotherapy, nursing, occupational therapy and social work. They also have a function to signpost referrals to other agencies where the presenting problem is not a core focus of the CMHT. This would include referrals for counselling, drug and alcohol problems, and other problems that are not the remit of the CMHT. The Teams are happy to provide telephone advice about the best way to access an urgent or emergency assessment. Carers may also access the teams for a carers assessment.

Opening Hours
The CMHTs are open 9am – 5pm Monday to Thursday, and 9am – 4.30pm on Friday, apart from the NE and SE Cardiff Teams which open until 5pm.

Out of Hours Service
There is also a weekend mental health nursing service available for clients already known and currently receiving mental health services. This service operates on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays from 9 – 5 pm. This is a home visiting and telephone advice service.

Interpreters can be accessed for most languages as required. In addition each team may include staff who speak other languages (see below).

Access to the service is made by referral, referrals being made by GP, other service providers and in some instances self referral, provided the person being referred is aware that the referral is being made. Official referral forms from all CMHTs.

CMHT Contact Numbers

South West Cardiff (Hamadryad Centre) 029 2046 3488 

North West Cardiff (Gabalfa Clinic) 029 2069 3941

West Cardiff (Pendine Centre) 029 2057 8778

South East Cardiff (Links Centre) 029 2033 5555

North East Cardiff (Pentwyn Health Centre) 029 2073 1466

Vale Locality Mental Health Team (Barry Hospital) 01446 454300

Last Updated: May 2015
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