The ARC provides a single point of access into CPFT's adult and older people's mental health services for GPs and other professional referrers in Peterborough, Cambridge, Borders, Fenland and Huntingdonshire.

The Advice and Referral Centre (ARC) provides a single point of access into CPFT's adult and older people's mental health services.The ARC has a dedicated team of experienced professional mental health and administrative staff. It receives and processes external referrals to the point of handoff to a CPFT service pathway / team and receives and responds to requests for mental health advice from GPs and other referrers.

From 13 March 2017, ARC is open from 9am-5pm.

Please note, the ARC service is not open to members of the public or service users at this time.

Priority referrals

For priority referrals please contact the ARC by telephone in the first instance on 0845 045 0123. You must have seen the person within the last 24hours.

Routine referrals

For routine referrals, please submit the form and accompanying information by e-mail to 
A Q&A sheet regarding the referral form can be downloaded by clicking here.

If you like to discuss with a psychiatrist before making a referral you can contact your locality consultant via CONFER or e-mail/phone the relevant consultant. Details can be found by clicking here.

All referrals need:

  • Patient summary from the practice clinical system
  • Relevant correspondence from previous services/specialist
  • Results of any relevant investigations

We aim to assess all routine referrals within eight weeks, but will prioritise as appropriate. Please indicate in your referral letter if you feel a routine referral needs to be prioritised and we will do our best to accommodate this.

Older people’s mental health memory assessment referrals need: FBC, ESR, U&E, LFT, GCT, Corrected Ca, TFT, Glucose, Vitamin B12, Folate

Adult eating disorder referrals need: Adult eating disorders supplementary form

Out-of-hours emergency support

Out-of-hours you can contact the First Response Service by calling 111 and selecting option 2 for urgent mental health assessment and support. The 111 service is also open to patients by self-referral. For more information please click here.

Other referrals

For children's services

To make a referral to our child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), please click here.

Liaison psychiatry services

Liaison psychiatry accepts referrals only from the acute trusts where the teams are based (ie, GPs cannot make referral directly into this service).

Learning disability services

See the individual specialist services for contact details for referrals.




The page was last updated on 09 March 2017 by andrea.bateman.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

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