PERFORMANCE: Doctors, nurses and psychologists from Camden and Islington Foundation Trust are visiting GP practices to give mental health assessments for patients closer to home.

The trial involves GP practices in Camden, Islington and South Barnet. Trust practitioners are also giving advice and training to practice staff on helping patients with mental health problems.

Camden and Islington FT chief operating officer Paul Calaminus said: “Patients seem happier to engage with mental health services when the service is based in general practice. We know GPs can’t be experts at everything and we are on hand, either a phone call or a walk down the corridor away, so GPs can get the expert information they need.”