Mental health in primary care

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This event showcased some of the best practice taking place across England in integrating mental health and primary care, demonstrating the benefits for both the mental health and primary care workforce and providing more joined-up and holistic care for patients and service users.


Breakfast workshop

Improving physical health for patients with serious mental illness

  • Kate Dale, ‎Mental and Physical Health Project Lead, Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust and The Academic Health Science Network, Yorkshire and Humber

Session one: Supporting greater integration of mental health in primary care

Welcome and introduction

  • Chris Naylor, Senior Fellow, Health Policy, The King's Fund

Working with primary care to deliver the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health

  • Paul Farmer, Chief Executive, Mind and Chair, Independent Mental Health Taskforce

Delivering the GP Forward View

  • Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair, Royal College of General Practitioners

New models of mental health in primary care

  • Dr Fiona Butler, Chair, West London Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Jane Wheeler, Deputy Director, Mental Health, Strategy and Transformation, North West London Collaboration of CCGs

Session two: Sharing examples from the vanguards

Primary care psychological medicine in Principia MCP vanguard

  • Dr Chris Schofield, Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist, Lead Consultant Psychiatrist, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Primary care mental health service in West Cheshire Way

  • Dr Anushta Sivananthan, Medical Director, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership Foundation Trust

Integrating mental health into the Modality primary care model

  • Dr Will Murdoch, Executive Partner, Modality Birmingham
  • Dr Liz England, Mental Health Clinical Lead, NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG and Mental Health Clinical and Commissioning Lead, Royal College of General Practitioners

Session three: Breakouts

What is the best way to support patients with severe mental illness within primary care?

  • Dr Safi Afghan, Primary Care Lead,The Royal College of Psychiatrists

Camden and Islington IAPT services

  • Lucy Wilson-Shaw, Deputy Clinical Lead, iCOPE: Camden and Islington Psychological Therapies and Wellbeing Service

Using IAPT to facilitate integration

  • Jo Ryder, Consultant Counselling Psychologist, Clinical and Professional Lead for the Psychological Therapies Pathway – Oxfordshire, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • John Pimm, Clinical Lead, Healthy Minds, Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service, Buckinghamshire, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

Integration in Primary care: the Tavistock model

  • Tim Kent, Service Lead Primary Care, Consultant Psychotherapist and Social Worker, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Delivering a bio-psychosocial approach for pain in the Pennines

  • Learn about supporting people with persistent pain in primary care, involving and up skilling the primary and community care workforce

Dr Sarah Burlinson, Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist, Royal Oldham Hospital, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust

Innovative primary care-based approaches to supporting young people with eating disorders and personality disorders

  • Dr Dominique Thompson, GP and Director of the Students’ Health Service, University of Bristol

Working with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in primary care

  • Dr Warren Larkin, Clinical Lead, Adverse Childhood Experiences Programme, Department of Health

Session four: Closing plenary

Keynote address: Lessons from the USA

  • Professor Harold Pincus, Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University