Primary Care Services
People in Surrey who have a severe mental illness are set to benefit from a ground-breaking new community mental health service designed to improve access to a wide range of specialist support. This new service is called GPimhs.
Extended appointments with mental health experts from the NHS, social care and specialist third sector organisations like MFT, plus access to therapies, physical health checks and pharmacists, are just some of the wider expertise patients will be able to access at their local GP practice and in the community under this ground-breaking project.
Patients will be able to explore the situation affecting their wellbeing – whether that is an ongoing mental or physical health problem, loneliness, debt, or other issues. They can then be guided to appropriate resources that may help, including talking therapies, benefits advice, or an introduction to a local community group.
Mental health specialist, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, will lead the local implementation over the next two years.
Some new NHS funding for the project will enable the Trust to expand upon field trials which have been running across three primary care networks (groups of GP practices working together) in Chertsey and Ottershaw, Banstead, and Guildford over the past six months.