Primary Care Mental Health Services Survey - Now Available in Easy Read Format

People in Leeds are being asked for their views on primary care mental health services. A new 'Easy Read' survey has been produced to make it easier for people across the city to have their say.

Primary care means the care that you get from your GP, practice nurse, pharmacist and so on. They are the first place you go to for advice and support with your health. Your GP practice can refer you to mental health services to get the help you need. They can also help if you are feeling low, anxious or upset.are services usually provided through your GP practice. 
 
Local GPs and other primary care staff, such as practice nurses, pharmacists and others, are the first place we go for healthcare advice and support, and just like our physical health, they are there to look after our mental health.
 
There are 3 different primary care mental health services in Leeds: 
  • Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT). This helps people with common mental health problems such as depression or anxiety. It gives people the support they need to overcome mental illness. In Leeds, the IAPT service is provided by:
    • Leeds Community Healthcare (LCH) NHS Trust
    • Community Links
    • Northpoint Wellbeing and Touchstone.
The whole service is known as the Leeds IAPT Partnership. You can find out more about IAPT partnership by accessing this link: https://www.england.nhs.uk/mental-health/adults/iapt/
 
  • Primary Care Mental Health Liaison Service - This is for people whose needs can’t be met by IAPT. Only some GP practices in Leeds can provide it. It is provided by:
    • NHS Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust (LYPFT)
    • Northpoint Wellbeing. 
  • Support for women who are pregnant and up to one year after birth. This is provided by:
    • the Women’s Counselling and Therapy Service and
    • Homestart
In April 2018 the three local Clinical Commissioning Groups (Leeds West, Leeds North and Leeds South and East) merged into NHS Leeds CCG.

We want to commission( pay for) a single primary care mental health service for Leeds from 1st October 2019. We think this will make services easier to understand and access.

You can access the Easy Read survey via this link: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/PCMHeasyread/