We are funding a new programme to support people with mental health problems access more help locally. This new model will be tested in three primary care networks in Guildford, Banstead and Chertsey, starting in Spring 2019.

Primary care services act as the ‘front door’ of the NHS and includes general practice, community pharmacy, dental, and eye health services. If you have a condition that a primary care professional cannot resolve for you, they will refer you to a secondary care service such as a hospital department.

A primary care network is a collection of GP practices working with community, mental health, social care, pharmacy, hospital and voluntary services in their local area to provide more personal and joined up health and care.

This new service will mean a local team based in each primary care network, made up of a clinical psychologist, mental health practitioner and a Community Connections link worker. They will carry out assessments, help people understand how to access the right support and help them learn to manage their own health where possible.

The service will also provide advice to GPs as well as linking with a wide network of community services to ensure people know where to get further help. Liaison with a consultant psychiatrist will be available where needed.