Services launched in June to an initial four Primary Care Networks and have supported almost 200 people so far. Patients are seen close to their home and access to services is quick as GPs can book patients directly in to the specialist team without having to wait for a referral. This new service is the first phase of improved support being provided. Throughout August and September there will be an increased range of support provided, including new funding for voluntary sector providers who have an essential role in helping to meet social and well being needs.
The Primary and Community Mental Health Transformation Programme has deployed its business continuity plan in response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation as practices will also be responding as well to this unprecedented situation.
Mental health needs within our communities are important and are likely to be increasingly important throughout the pandemic and beyond and the COVID-19 outbreak is likely to see some delays to elements of the Primary & Community Mental Health Programme. What is important is that this work supports the front line pressures that all practices and networks face and as such in coming days we will engage with you to understand what this needs to look like.
We also want to highlight that mental health charity Mind have developed some useful information, tips and tools for the public regarding wellbeing www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/#collapse71a83