The GP Health Service, which reaches its one-year anniversary this month, is open to any registered GP or GP trainee on the NHS England performers’ list who has a mental health concern of any severity or an addiction problem of some kind.
How do I get in touch?
GPs can establish contact with the service – which is free through the NHS – confidentially by telephone, email or online.
- Telephone number: 0300 0303 300
- Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: gphealth.nhs.uk
The service is self-referral only, with phone lines open from 8am-8pm Monday to Friday and 8am-lunch on weekends.
What happens next?
Following initial contact, GPs will receive a brief telephone assessment before seeing a doctor for a more in-depth evaluation. This will last up to 90 minutes which will precede access to therapy, self-help tools or prescribing, as required.
Treatment services are available across all 13 NHS England local area teams to allow for a locally-sensitive service.
GPs can opt to receive care near their home, near their workplace, or in a different location to minimise their chances of seeing people they know. Consultations are also available through Skype or FaceTime.
If follow-up treatment is required, patients will be sent a link to download the GPH booking app, which allows them to arrange further bookings and appointments if necessary.
What can the service help me with?
- Common and more complex mental health conditions
- Mental health conditions relating to a physical health issue
- Substance misuse including support for community detoxification
- Rehabilitation and support to return to work after a period of mental ill-health
What kind of support is available?
- General psychiatric support and treatment
- Support for addiction related health problems
- Psychological therapies, e.g. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
- Brief psychotherapy
- Group therapy including reflective practice groups
- Local groups addressing specific areas (for example, suspended doctors, addicted doctors or specific issues affecting mental health in a particular area)