The Practice Aligned Mental Health Service was launched in April 2016 to help provide high quality care and support in the community for those with mild to moderate risk mental health conditions.
In doing so, the service aims to fill a significant gap in service provision for people who are unable to access IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) services and who also do not fit the criteria for secondary mental health services. This service has been delivered in partnership with Tees, Esk and Wear Valley Mental Health Trust, and has shown that collaborative working and primary care operational control can deliver efficient and effective community services.
Between October 1st 2016 and October 1st 2017, 814 people were referred to the service, of which 86% attended. The average waiting time for a routine assessment is 12.7 days. Compared to a national standard of 18 weeks for similar services.