Mental Health Services for Older People

Mental Health Service for Older People (MHSOP) Directorate -

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board Mental Health Services for Older People provides specialist mental health care and treatment to an older people population of 47,000 in the City of Cardiff and 24,200 in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Specialist Mental Health Services for Older People aims to help:

People with moderate to severe dementia of any age who present with significant behaviour and/or psychiatric symptoms or where there are significant vulnerability or risk issues

People with severe late onset mental illness who present after the age of 65 years and have not been in contact with Adult Mental Health Services for a period greater than 5 years.

Purpose of the Service:

To provide high quality mental health assessment, care and treatment for older people with significant mental health needs that would benefit from access to specialist secondary mental health services.

To work in partnership with voluntary sector agencies, such as the Alzheimer’s Society and Crossroads Care, and the Local Authority Social Service Departments of Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.

There are also close working arrangements with Medicine and other Clinical Boards within the Health Board to provide the best and most appropriate support possible to those in need of specialist mental health care services and their carers/families.

The MHSOP Directorate upholds the principle of person centred care in all of its services and supports staff to provide dignified and respectful care that meets assessed individual needs, supports choice and enhances well being. The Senior Directorate Team works to ensure that the highest quality care and treatment is provided within services and that it is delivered in the safest, most clinically effective and compassionate manner.


Dr. Michael Ivenso, Interim Clinical Director
Dr. Arpita Chakrabarti, Interim Deputy Clinical Director
Mark Doherty, Lead Nurse
Joanne Wilson, Directorate Manager

MHSOP Directorate Office, Llandough Hospital, Penlan Road, Penarth, CF64 2XX

For information on individual MHSOP services and teams, see the links below.

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Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs) for Older People

The Community Mental Health Teams provide first-line assessment and follow-up treatment and care to patients in the community with dementia, and elderly people with other mental health problems. The service is multi-professional and is Local Authority led. The Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Community Mental Health Teams MHSOP Community Services, Llanfair Unit, University Hospital Llandough, […]

Day Hospitals

ARU Day Service (Tier 1) Assessment and Recovery Unit, University Hospital Llandough, CF64 2XXWard Manager : Rebecca Farman Telephone: 029 2071 5829 Turnbull Day Hospital (Tier 2)Turnbull Day Hospital, St Davids Hospital, CardiffWard Manager : Lena MearsTelephone: 029 2053 5854 Morfa Day Hospital (Tier 2)Morfa Day Unit, Barry HospitalWard Manager: Lena MearsTelephone 01446 704 099

In-Patient Services

There are 8 in-patient wards for older people’s mental health spread across three sites: University Hospital Llandough, the Iorwerth Jones Centre and Barry Hospital. Some of these wards are Acute Assessment Wards specialising in short-term care whilst the others are Extended Assessment Wards delivering longer periods of care. Acute Assessment Wards Mental Health Services for […]

Liaison Psychiatry Older People (LPOP)

Liaison Psychiatry Older People (LPOP) work closely with patients aged over 65 in the 4 general hospitals of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. These include University Hospital Wales, University Hospital Llandough, Barry Hospital and St Davids. The team use a model of care known as RAID which stands for Rapid Assessment, Interface and Discharge. […]

Memory Team

Service: Cardiff Memory Team consists of: medical doctors, nurse specialists, clinical psychology and speech and language therapy staff.Cardiff Memory Team is a multi-professional team that specialises in the identification, assessment and management of older people with memory problems. They will arrange for a person with memory problems or other cognitive problems to have a full […]


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Solace – Cardiff & Vale UHB

  What is Solace?   Solace is a service that sits within Mental Health Services for Older People at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. Solace aims to provide support and education to carers of people who have been diagnosed with a dementia, depression, bipolar or late on-set psychosis over the age of 65.   […]
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Solace Carers Support Service

Cardiff & the Vale of Glamorgan Summary of aims & objectives: Solace is a service within Cardiff & Vale UHB and is supported by Cardiff & Vale Health Charity. Solace exists to provide support to carers and those diagnosed with dementia, depression or severe later life mental illness, with the aim to help prevent admission […]

Younger Onset Dementia (YOD) Team

The Cardiff and Vale University Health Board Younger Onset Dementia Service is a specialist and dedicated service for people who receive a diagnosis of dementia under the age of 65, and for their carers and families. The Alzheimer’s Society (Dementia UK, 2014) states that there are over 40,000 younger people aged between 30 and 65 […]
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