Primary, Health Care, Primary Care Mental Health Teams, Liaison Services, Out-of-Hours Primary Care Services
Mental distress and health problems caused by distressing life transitions and events, traumas and physical health problems.
Large proportion of the population presenting with problems associated with depression and anxiety in primary care.
Screening and recognition of people with more complex mental health needs who require support from secondary care services, and facilitating referral, access and links with services if required.
Consultation, education, support and advice to other health workers including primary care, A&E staff and acute general hospital workers.
Anticipatory care, prevention and early interventions with 'at-risk' groups.
The early detection of mental health problems such as postnatal mental health problems, eating disorders and dementia.
Preventive interventions to avoid unnecessary referral to secondary mental health care systems.
Delivering time-limited psychosocial interventions and psychological therapies in primary care and liaison services.
Supervising and supporting other workers in delivering interventions.
- Capable of recognising and understanding various mental health problems from biological, psychological, social and spiritual perspectives.
- Undertaking or participating in comprehensive, collaborative, holistic needs and strengths- based assessment.
- Capable of identifying and collaborating with the range of local community, voluntary and health and social care resources available to service users and carers to assist them to attain or maintain quality of life.
- Capable of participating in the provision of a range of evidence-based psychological therapies including systematic assessment of needs, negotiation of goals and targets and the evaluation of outcomes.
- Capable of self-reflection, development and maintenance of skills and knowledge through continuing professional development activities.
- Capable of communicating effectively with service users, carers and families and other members of the therapeutic team.
- Capable of listening to service users and maximising opportunities for users, carers and families to be heard.