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Mental health nurses at GP practices: a step forward in care

A scheme to integrate mental health nurses in primary care practice has proved its value with praise from patients and GPs

A scheme to integrate mental health nurses in primary care practice has proved its value with praise from patients and GPs

I was one of the first lead mental health practitioners to work with GPs as part of an agreed early implementation scheme to appoint primary care practitioners in GP surgeries across Norfolk and Suffolk, in September 2020.

The aims were to integrate mental and physical healthcare in primary practice and address health inequalities. The Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) is working closely with commissioners and primary care networks to provide a service where mental health practitioners work in GP practices across the area.

These practitioners include mental health nurses, adult nurses and social workers who have mental health professional experience to assess

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