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Primary Mental Health Care

Primary Mental Health Care

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Overview Teaching and Training Primary Mental Health Care 

The teaching materials have been developed according to a curriculum that was collaboratively agreed between Primary Care GP Mental Health leads in East London (Dr. Rhiannon England, Dr. Judith Littlejohn and Dr. Lise Hertel), a senior people participation lead from ELFT (Paul Binfield), the Director of Nursing from ELFT (Professor Jonathan Warren) and Professor Frank Röhricht, Associate Medical Director ELFT, who is leading the ongoing / evolving project work for this site. The project was funded by the Health Education North Central and East London (HENCEL) and supported by Dr. Geraldine Strathdee, National Clinical Director Mental Health, NHS England. 

East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) is committed to developing integrated mental health care pathways across traditional primary and secondary care boundaries. One of the main priorities identified in achieving this goal is related to enhancing the knowledge and skill base for primary care practitioners on recognition, diagnosis, treatment and care pathways of psychiatric disorders. This programme was put together by clinical experts in partnership with service user representatives in order to ensure a strong emphasis on social inclusion through adherence to recovery care principles.

Training practitioners

The teaching/training tools for modular events are representative of the training needs of a wide range of primary health and social care practitioners (with specific focus on GPs in order to complement the existing UCLPartner Mental Health Training Programme with its primary focus on nursing staff).

Fostering Recovery

The training is aiming to  promote practitioners skills in facilitation of recovery oriented mental health care for patients with mild to moderate mental health problems; it will enable clinicians to recognise and manage signs of complex and/or severe mental disorders and enable them to effectively communicate, engage and deal with service users.  

Teaching Methodology

The modular nature of the training programme will enable clinicians to choose from a portfolio of basic and generic knowledge and skills to advanced learning master-class events. The preferred teaching methodology is experiential. Great emphasis will be put on practice based learning, involving support from service users.

Recovery stories

‘Medically Unexplained Symptoms’ in Primary Care

Are you interested in the latest research and developments in Somatic Symptom Disorder / ‘Medically Unexplained Symptoms’ in Primary Care?

The Health Foundation are funding a free one day state of the art symposium for primary and secondary health care professionals.The event is being hosted by East London NHS Foundation Trust and takes place on Friday 6 May 2016 at Morris Lecture Theatre, St Bartholomew’s Hospital West Smithfield London EC1A 7BE.

Come along to hear from international and local experts including findings from a local research pilot in east London. To find out more please see the conference flyer and to register for your free place RSVP to

Unexplained symptoms in Primary Care Conference flyer