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Development of primary care mental health and wellbeing support

We recognise that most people are seen in primary care (at their GPs) for their mental health concerns and that traditionally mental health services have not worked as well as they could in primary care.

We want to address this and ensure that people get the support for their mental health alongside their physical health needs at their GP surgeries, offering support to improve other areas of their lives that have such an impact on mental health.

Locally, Surrey and Borders Partnership Foundation Trust have been working with another Integrated Care System to develop a business case to transform primary care mental health services, and Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust  are working with commissioners to change the ‘front door’ to secondary care mental health services.

We have also taken a localised approach to improving the physical health of people with severe mental illness, which is another priority in the Five Year Forward View Mental Health and we will monitor the outcomes of this. This year we have been working with the GP Transformation work stream and we will be working to develop a new service model across the ICS with additional funding. As part of this work we have also received funding to jointly develop a workforce strategy for GP and Mental Health Transformation.