GPiMHS / MHICS
Coronavirus Update: Referrals, assessments and appointments are continuing as normal via telephone.
After a successful pilot of this service in Guildford, Chertsey and Ottershaw, we are delighted to now be involved with 3 out of the 5 Primary Care Networks.
Our staff are co-located at GP practices across Surrey, representing Community Connections Surrey and helping people with their mental health and emotional wellbeing.
What is GPiMHS / MHICS?
GPiMHS (General Practise integrated Mental Health Service) is an emotional and wellbeing service for adult patients over 18. Patients are offered extended consultation times, quick and easy access to practical advice and tailored support for their mental health needs from Mental Health Practitioners or Community Link Workers.
Referrals are made via local GP’s and Practise Nurses.
GPiMHS Service Locations
Currently these GP surgeries are involved in the model:
North Guildford PCN:
- Guilddowns Group Practise
- Fairlands Medical Practise
- Woodbridge Hill Surgery
- Dapdune House Surgery
- Crouch Oak Practise
- Chertsey Health Center
- New Ottershaw Surgery
The MHICS (Mental Health Integrated Community Services) is the same model over in Frimley and is available to patients in Surrey Heath & Farnham.
The team is made up of people from different NHS and community backgrounds, who each have a great deal of experience in helping people with their mental health and emotional wellbeing. You may have contact with:
- Mental Health Practitioner – can provide information and guidance around emotional and physical wellbeing, brief interventions and access to resources, and links to other mental health services
- Community Connections link worker – excellent knowledge of what is available locally, and can help you to access this support.
- Team Administrator – main point of contact for the service.
Who can use the service:
- GPimhs is for anyone over 18 who is registered with a GP in any of the areas.
- Difficulties people may be experiencing include depression, anxiety, stress, social isolation, problems in relationships, and physical health difficulties.
- We seek to ensure that people’s wellbeing and independence is maximised by involving their family, friends and anybody who supports a person in keeping them well.