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Put primary mental health care at the heart of long-term NHS plan, report says

Tuesday 11th December 2018

Primary mental health care should be at the heart of the NHS long-term plan, a report has said.
Little investment has traditionally been allocated to primary mental health care, due to a lack of focus on a national level, according to a report published yesterday by the Centre for Mental Health and the University of Birmingham.

Mon, 1 Jan 2007
Catherine Barton is a practice manager at a busy medical centre on the Isle of Wight. She shares her insights into a typical day at her practice during the hectic festive season last year …
Mon, 1 Jan 2007
The threat of an influenza pandemic – whether or not a strain of the H5N1 avian flu virus – still looms large, with many experts believing that such an event is inevitable. What is certain is the strain this would put on primary care resources. This Management in Practice special report looks at the implications of a flu pandemic and asks: are practices adequately prepared?
Mon, 1 Jan 2007
England’s national director of pandemic influenza preparedness, Professor Lindsey Davies, considers the potential impact of a pandemic and discusses the critical role that primary care would be expected to play. She also suggests that increasing the level of general practice involvement in planning is critical to the development of integrated and effective response arrangements
Fri, 1 Dec 2006
How best to manage the NHS? Academic Colin Appleby argues that the current business model for general practice, and NHS healthcare in general, is undermining traditional doctor– patient relationships, with disastrous results. So shouldn’t medical professionals run the healthcare service themselves, rather than outsourcing it to private sector management consultants?
Fri, 1 Dec 2006
When relocating to new premises, Dr Gillian Rice’s practice took the opportunity to commission works of art to incorporate into the new surgery’s design. As Dr Rice reveals, not only did this help to improve the look of the building and make it a more welcoming environment, but it also had a positive effect on the wellbeing of patients and staff …
Thu, 31 Aug 2006
The Expert Patients Programme (EPP) is a training course that promotes the self- management of patients with long-term health conditions. Sonia Clark contends that, while the EPP’s positive concept should be taken up by more practices, the course’s title might lead some to believe “expert” refers to a specialist medical knowledge, rather than experience of living with a disease …
Wed, 31 May 2006
A new breed of healthcare professional, called a medical care practitioner, is likely to feature in the multidisciplinary general practice of the future. This Management in Practice report looks at this new role, currently being developed in the UK, which is modelled on the North American physician assistant, who is trained to diagnose, manage and treat illnesses under the supervision of a doctor