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CPN question & Eye care vouchers

First thing's first... how/why did you guys get a CPN? Do they always come to you? What to they do? What are they there for?

Secondly, I'm on Income Support so I can get a free eye test and money towards glasses. On the optician's website it says they are optical vouchers? Do I need to ask for these or just fill in a form at the opticians? I know I could phone but... well, I can't :p

x posted (sorry if you see this everywhere ;o;)


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Mar. 15th, 2007 11:47 pm (UTC)
1) A CPN is a community psychiatric nurse, and what they do depends upon their training and their job.

When I was referred by my GP to the CMHT (Community Mental Health Team), I got assessed by a psychiatrist, and then treatment was set up with a CPN trained to use CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). Sometimes they just use standard psychotherapy, though; basically the two of you sit together in a room and talk about your problems now, and some of your history. With CBT, you talk more about the irrational thought processes involved, and try to train yourself to think more rationally.

They don't do home visits here, although they can do the initial assessment in your home. I get to my appointments using hospital transport - you should ask about that if they haven't offered it to you yet; it's door-to-door, and it's free.

What you also get is a case worker, who may be your psychiatrist or your CPN, and it's their job to refer you to other services and support groups, and manage your case. They're the person you need to contact to set things up, like activities and classes, if they offer those at your local centre.

2) You just need to fill in a form at the opticians, but you need to take proof of benefits with you. All I take with me when I get my glasses is a letter saying I'm on Income Support, and a bank statement to prove my address and also show the Income Support payments. The opticians sort out the vouchers; they already have the forms there. They never seem to completely cover the cost of my glasses, though, especially as I always need a spare pair.

Mar. 15th, 2007 11:56 pm (UTC)
Uh, wow - I didn't notice the date when I posted my reply - I'm sorry if I bugged you with this so many months later. *slinks off*
Feb. 9th, 2013 08:23 am (UTC)
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