If you are a GP then you might be interested in our Trust’s annual GP Psychiatry Update. The update includes specialist training especially developed by our staff to improve understanding of mental ill health in primary care.
Annual GP Psychiatry Update
The 2016 GP Psychiatry Update
Experts from Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW) have helped GPs from across the region get a better understanding of mental health.
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW) held its annual GP Psychiatry Update CPD event to help GPs feel better equipped to help and support patients who come to them with poor mental health.
Research by mental health charity MIND found that in England, on average, less than half of trainee GPs had undertaken a training placement in a mental health setting. The charity said this was despite an estimated one in three GP appointments being related to mental health.
Mental health specialists from NTW were able to help more than 50 North East GPs find out more about a range of issues, including teenage self-harm, antidepressant prescribing, attention deficit disorder and alcohol misuse, as well as other.
This is information and training they can then apply in their surgeries, to best help patients who come to them for support with their mental health.
NTW’s Dr Maryanne Freer, who leads on GP liaison in the trust, said: “We know most people go to see their GP first and turn to their family doctor for help. We want to do our best for the North East and everyone who lives here.
“This is why we have an annual educational event that covers a huge range of topics that people may go to their GPs with, so we can support their doctors in supporting them.”
This was the second annual GP Psychiatry Update CPD event that the trust has held and it is hoped this can be continued in the future.
GPs who attended the psychiatry update event said they had found it very useful and would be taking what they had learned back to their practices.
Several highlighted how it was “very relevant to the day job” and praised how useful it was to know more about how to signpost their patients to appropriate services. They also commented how it had made them more confident in helping their patients with the issues covered.