NHSCC has launched a new report which showcases programmes that are embedding mental health in primary care and draws out advice from the commissioners and practitioners involved in their development and delivery.
‘Of primary importance: Commissioning mental health services in primary care’ highlights projects where CCGs and their partners are delivering better care for patients, working across the boundaries between physical and mental health, as well as health and social care, while at the same time reducing pressure on GPs and hospitals.
Developed by NHSCC’s Mental Health Commissioners Network, the report aims to share learning and good practice from these projects to help support others looking to implement projects across primary care.
Case studies in the report include:
Dr Phil Moore, Chair of the NHSCC Mental Health Commissioners Network and Deputy Chair of Kingston CCG said: “Clinical commissioning groups led by GPs like myself are well placed to determine which provision can best meet local mental health need. Every day in my GP practice I see people who need support with their mental wellbeing, for a wide variety of reasons – sometimes because of a diagnosed condition, other times because they have a physical health problem making them feel more mentally vulnerable. In many cases I believe the answer to supporting them will be based in primary care but with collaborations across the health and care system.
“This report looks at experiences of people who have fundamentally changed the model of primary mental healthcare in their area. We hope that by sharing these, along with tips which come directly from their experience, it will support and inspire others who are looking to make change in their own area.”
Of primary importance: Commissioning mental health services in primary care draws out key advice from the people involved in the featured projects. In summary these are:
12 October 2017