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A multidisciplinary team (MDT) may include psychiatrists, clinical nurse specialists/community mental health nurses, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, medical secretaries, and sometimes other disciplines such as counselors, drama therapists, art therapists, advocacy workers Care workers should be involved. and possibly others not listed. See the table below for more details. Different professions have different areas of specialization so that they can combine their skill sets if necessary to deal with complex and challenging mental health conditions. MDTs meet regularly to discuss their work so that each patient has the most appropriate care plan for their individual needs. Below are some details about the most common MDT members.

Members of the Multidisciplinary Team


Psychiatrists are doctors with degrees in medicine who specialize in the evaluation and management of mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, psychosis, personality disorders, intellectual difficulties, or addictions. Psychiatrists will usually have a special specialist interest i.e. mental health problems in children (child and adolescent psychiatrists), adults (general adult psychiatrists), older adults (old age or later life psychiatrists), addictions (addiction psychiatrists), criminals (forensic psychiatrists) ), patients in a general hospital (contact psychiatrists), or people with intellectual disabilities (intellectual disability psychiatrists). Psychiatrists have expertise in the assessment, risk assessment (ie, of suicide or violence) and management of mental health problems. mental illness.      Psychiatrists employ therapies, including therapy, social interventions, and medications, in the management of mental health problems. Psychiatrists work as part of a multi-disciplinary team (LINK), but are also exposed to a wide range of other supportive resources in the community. Such as peer support groups, counseling services, voluntary organizations etc.


A psychologist working in mental health services must have obtained a primary degree in psychology and then further education and specialist training in clinical or counseling psychology. Psychologists have expertise in the assessment of psychological functioning (ie personality or intellectual functioning) and in the delivery of different types of talking therapy. Talking therapy may be given on an individual or group basis.

Psychiatric Nurse

There are 3 basic types of nurse; General nurse, psychiatric nurse and intellectual disability nurse. Psychiatric nurses undergo degree courses in the assessment and care of people with mental health problems. Psychiatric nurses work in inpatient units, day hospitals, rehabilitation centers or the community. Many psychiatric nurses go through further training to become community mental health nurses or nurse practitioners, specializing in the management of special conditions or in talking or other treatments.

Social workers

Social workers emphasize the strengths and natural coping abilities of service users and their families in assessing people's needs. They work to empower service users to access essential services and resources, to recover and maintain good mental health, and to achieve a good quality of life in terms of their relationships, income, leisure, occupation and housing.