Christ Church develops a mental health information tool for GPs

Christ Church develops a mental health information tool for GPs

07 March 2012

The Centre has been commissioned by NHS Kent and Medway to produce an information tool to assist General Practitioners in their referrals’ of patients presenting with mild to moderate common mental health disorders.

References - Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health

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NICE. Common mental health disorders: Identification and pathways to care

The recently published National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines on Common Mental Disorders: identification and pathways to care (May 2011) are concerned with the care and treatment of people with common mental disorder, which includes depression, generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

NHS Kent and Medway, who currently commission mental health services in Kent, are aware that some GPs in Kent have been more likely to refer people with mild anxiety or depression to secondary care services rather than to primary care psychological therapy services. One identified reason is that there is little information available to GPs in terms of the most appropriate referral routes and the different organisations where a referral can be made.

The project is focused on developing a clear an easy to use web-based information tool that can be used by GPs to guide them to the most appropriate and efficient referral pathway when someone presents a mild to moderate common mental health disorder.

The project commenced in February 2012 and will run until January 2013. It will incorporate a conference for GPs in July 2012.

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