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GPs to Access Mental Health Support From January

From January 2017, General Practitioners (GPs) will be able to access the national GP mental health support service. In April 2016, the NHS GP Health Service was first announced in the GP Forward View. The GP Forward view is dedicated to advance access to mental health support for GPs and trainee GPs who may be suffering from mental ill-health including depression, stress, addiction and burnout.

The Mental health support service was introduced to maintain a healthy and resilient workforce. It is a confidential, free service delivered by health professionals specialising in mental health support to GPs. Any GP trainees and GPs who are registered on the National Performers List in England can access the service.

 According to the National Health Service (NHS) England, the new service is the world’s first nationally funded health service for general practice. It will support GPs and GP trainees who wish to stay in or return to medical practice after a period of ill health.

GPs can access the new national service via a confidential national self-referral phone line, website and App. The service will be available in all of the 13 NHS England local team areas. The service will provide:

  • Support for addiction related health problems
  • General psychiatric assessment and treatment
  • Psychotherapy one-to-one and group sessions

Hurley Group Partnership has run the new mental health support programme. The Group has already run the London’s Practitioner Health Programme, which is for all clinicians.

GP leaders has welcomed the mental health support service, but criticised for only accommodating GPs and not their staff.

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