Lancashire & South Cumbria FT: Delivering a Mental Health Prevention and Promotion Service

An innovative workforce supply solution is helping meet demand for mental health practitioners, under the new additional reimbursement roles scheme in primary care networks.

Associate psychological practitioners are psychology graduates who complete a specifically designed postgraduate diploma and are trained in core competencies. By March 2022, there were 33 APPs in L&SC, in 32 PCNs and delivering a mental health prevention and promotion service in GP practices. Evaluation results demonstrated clinically and statistically significant improvements.

The judges were impressed by the presentation from the trust’s team resulting in clear benefits for patients. They said there was excellent evidence of widespread engagement with key stakeholders including patients and carers to develop new ways of working in an under resourced clinical area.

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