Residents events begin next week. There is also a survey.
NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is currently engaging with patients, health and care professionals, providers, voluntary sector and the wider public about our proposal for a single primary care mental health service in Leeds.
Primary care mental health services are services usually provided through the GP practice to people with mild to moderate mental health problems. You might be referred into primary care mental health services if you are feeling low, vulnerable or anxious.
In Leeds there are three different primary care mental health services available:
· Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), also known as talking therapies, provide psychological support for people with common mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety disorders. In Leeds, the IAPT service is provided by Leeds Community Healthcare (LCH) NHS Trust, Community Links, Northpoint Wellbeing and Touchstone. The whole service is known as the Leeds IAPT Partnership.
· Primary Care Mental Health Liaison Service for people whose needs cannot be met by the IAPT service. This is currently a pilot project that is only provided at some GP practices in Leeds and is delivered by Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT) and Northpoint Wellbeing.
· Women’s Counselling and Therapy Service and Home Start that provides support to women in the perinatal period of pregnancy from conception to one year of birth.
Once the current contracts come to an end in September 2019, NHS Leeds CCG intends to commission a single primary care mental health service for Leeds. We think this will make services easier to understand and access.
The CCG is asking anyone with an interest in primary care mental health services to help shape the new the new citywide service model by taking part in a survey www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/MHprimarycareservices/
The closing date for the survey is 30 September 2018.
To ensure we’re providing enough opportunities for people to give their feedback, we have organised three public engagement events where we’re hoping to meet local residents and invite them to share their views on primary care mental health services in Leeds. The events will take place at:
• Armley One Stop Centre 6th of August, 10am-12pm
• Reginald Centre – 28th August, 10am-12pm
• Dewsbury Road Community Hub -13th Sept, 1pm-3pm
For more information about this engagement please visit our website here: https://www.leedsccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/your-views/primarycaremhservices/