Primary Care Mental Health Service
The Primary Care Mental Health Service (PCMHS) supports people experiencing mental health problems and the professionals (GPs, nurses, mental health practitioners) supporting them in the primary care or community setting.
The service consists of a multidisciplinary team of mental health practitioners including a psychiatrist, nurses, social workers, mental health advisors and peer support workers who work with people towards recovery from mental health problems based on the individual’s needs.
People using the service will:
- Have regular reviews of their support and be assisted in accessing physical health checks at their GP practice.
- Be helped with accessing other local support in the community.
- Have access to support and guidance from mental health workers with lived experience.
Primary Care Practitioners, such as GPs and nurses, will have access to:
- Psychiatric advice and guidance from a consultant psychiatrist and mental health practitioners in areas such as prescribing and case management, within two working days of request by telephone or email.
- Quarterly training sessions.
- Regular primary care multi-disciplinary teams meetings.
- Designated practitioners aligned to each GP neighbourhood available to provide support and advice in primary care/GP practices, by email or telephone.
- Integrated care records, via the Connect Care portal, improving mutual access to key clinical records, information sharing and improving shared care processes.
All referrals are sent to a single point Assessment and Liaison service and will be triaged to PCMHS if appropriate.