what it means
The service was designed collaboratively between DDHF, The Tees, Esk and Wear Valley Foundation Trust (TEWV) and Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield Clinical Commissioning Group (DDES CCG).
In some cases, patients were being unnecessarily referred to hospital or specialist treatment, and others were returning to their GPs on an increasingly regular basis.
The service was conceived to ‘catch’ people who didn’t fit into existing pathways. The product of this collaborative approach was the Practice Aligned Mental Service, which launched in April 2016.
The ‘practice aligned’ element means patients can access expert mental health support and advice within the familiar surroundings of their local GP surgery.
While operating as its own separate entity, the service is deeply integrated with GPs and other existing mental health services.