Authors: Robert Craig
Event: 2000 TheMHS Conference
Subject: book of proceedings, PRIMARY CARE, GP, ACUTE ADULT PSYCHIATRY, COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH TEAM
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Twelve general practitioners were employed for four hours each week for two months in a division of acute adult psychiatry. The liaison officers identified the level of the general practitioner involvement in patient care, brought the general practitioner perspective to the Community Mental Health Team and liaised with the patients’ general practitioner regarding the team’s management. Knowledge and understanding of the local service was improved and personal links were made with the staff. Included in the program was an upskilling course, which covered psychiatric assessment, sessions devoted to the management of identified diagnostic groups and a whole day on brief psychotherapies appropriate for use in general practice.
Twenty general practitioners have been identified who are interested in mental health. Their knowledge of their local service, their links with individual therapists and their confidence in their care of mentally ill patients have been enhanced.