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  • GPimhs

  • Our GP Integrated Mental Health Service (GPimhs) is an emotional health and wellbeing service for adults (18+). Patients from participating GP practices are offered extended consultation times, quick and easy access to practical advice and tailored support for their mental health needs from our Mental Health Practitioners or Community Link Workers.

  • What is GPimhs?

    We all experience difficulties in life. Sometimes we need more help in understanding and coping with these difficulties, especially when they begin to affect our general wellbeing, level of everyday activity and personal relationships.

    GPimhs brings expert advice and guidance for people experiencing a wide and potentially complex range of mental health and emotional wellbeing issues into your GP practice, working to understand your needs and connect you with services to provide the support you need in the community.

    Patients can 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.

    Please note there is also specific support available for people with a personality disorder called SUN (Service User Network).

    For more information about how GPimhs work, please watch the GPimhs video below (you’ll be directed to the Surrey Heartlands YouTube channel).

    Watch GPimhs video

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  • Who can use the service?

    GPimhs is for any adult over 18 who is registered with a GP in any of the areas listed below.

    Anyone experiencing mental health problems or difficulties that are impacting their everyday life would benefit from this service. You don’t need a diagnosis to be supported by GPimhs and once we talk if it is felt that another service might better meet your needs, or if you are already getting support from elsewhere, we will work with you to think about this and find the best solution that works for you. We will also seek to ensure that people’s wellbeing and independence is enhanced by involving their family, friends and anybody who supports you in keeping you well.

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  • What can you expect?

    Telephone/ virtual (online) appointments generally last for around 30 minutes and we may offer you more than one session. Each appointment is an opportunity for you to talk about what is happening in your life and how this is making you feel. We can then help you make sense of that and support you to make a plan to address the things that matter to you.

    This plan won’t just cover your mental health and physical health but will include supporting you with things that may be impacting your life and mental health such as finding a job, getting out of debt, managing relationships or ensuring you are linked to the appropriate housing advice services.

    You may be put in touch with a different member of the GPimhs team who will be best placed to support you.

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  • Where can you access GPimhs?

    Mary Frances Trust delivers GPimhs services in the following Primary Care Networks (PCN) and Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) in Surrey:

    • Banstead (including the following GP practices: Tattenham Health Centre, Tadworth Medical Centre, Heathcote Medical Practice, Nork Clinic and The Longcroft Clinic)
    • Epsom (including the following GP practices: St Stephens House Surgery, Shadbolt Park House, Ashley Centre Practice, Fountain Practice, The Derby Medical Centre, Spring Street Surgery and Stoneleigh Surgery.)
    • Ewell (part of the Epsom ICP which includes the following GP practices: Old Cottage Hospital, Fitznells Manor Surgery, Cox Lane Surgery and Stoneleigh Medical Centre)
    • Leatherhead (including the following GP practices: Ashlea Health Centre, Cobham Health Centre, Eastwick Park Medical Practice, Fairfield Medical Practice, Molebridge Practice and Oxshot Medical Practice)

    For more information about where else you can find other GPimhs teams in Surrey, visit the Catalyst Support website, our Community Connections Surrey partner.

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  • Our Team

    GPimhs consists of a team of practitioners from different NHS and community backgrounds who are experienced in helping people with their mental health and emotional wellbeing. We work closely with your GP.

    You may in the first instance receive a telephone call from our team administrator and be offered a phone appointment with a member from the team, such as a mental health practitioner or community connections link worker. They will work with you so that you are supported with your difficulties in a way that feels best for you.

    We can provide support in the following areas, which will be agreed in discussion with you:

    • Information and guidance around emotional and physical wellbeing.
    • More time to help make sense of difficulties.
    • Practical support to access community resources.
    • Brief interventions around ways of coping with stress and anxiety.
    • Access to mental health pharmacist.
    • Links to other mental health services and providers of therapy.
    • An ongoing plan that is shared with your GP.
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  • How to register

  • You will be referred to GPimhs by your GP or Practice Nurse if they are part of our participating GP practices (scroll up to see full list).