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GP mental health scheme

Published: 15 May, 2015

More than 600 people now visit their GP instead of the hospital for regular physical and mental health checks thanks to a successful London scheme saving the NHS thousands.

Across Newham CCG’s 61 surgeries four teams Community Psychiatric Nurses are on stand-by to see patients with stable severe mental illnesses who have opted into the service. They no longer visit the psychiatrist in outpatients and can instead be seen at their local practice where they and their carers can get physical health checks.

The scheme includes training and support for the practice staff as well as the service users.

Press release:

London GP mental health scheme helps hundreds, skills up primary care staff and saves thousands (NHS England 15 May 2015)

Last updated: 15 May, 2015

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