What is a first contact mental health practitioner?
My name is Sarah Godbold and I have just started a new role as a First Contact Mental Health Practitioner. The role is a joint role with the Whitby PCN and Tees Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust.
I will be working at each of the five practices within the PCN Monday to Friday. This will be for a combination of 20 minute appointments and some on-the-day urgent appointments (these are shared through the week across the PCN).
Patients who are suitable to be seen by the first contact mental health practitioner
When would an urgent appointment be necessary?
How can patients be referred in to see our first contact mental health practitioner?
Call reception and ask to be booked straight in to an appointment
GPs/nurses can book patients in following a consultation if mental health need is identified