Bromley & Lewisham Mind has been working with South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) and commissioners to develop a new mental health service for people in Lewisham. The new Lewisham Primary Care Mental Health Service will provide support for people with long-term mental health problems in a primary care, community-based setting.
The service will include SLaM staff, including nurses, social workers and occupational therapists, working alongside Bromley & Lewisham Mind staff.
A Senior Mental Health Adviser, two Mental Health Advisers and two Peer Support Workers have been recruited and will start work in February 2018.
The new service will have strong links with our existing Community Support Service which will continue to provide short term, practical and social support to people who are leaving Lewisham community mental health services or just receiving support from their Lewisham GP.
The new Lewisham Primary Care Mental Health service will support people requiring long-term, low level clinical support to help them stay well, achieve their personal goals and access community resources. The service will operate from Lewisham community venues such as health centres and GP surgeries.
Referrals to the service are accepted via SLaM’s Assessment and Liaison Team.
Ben Taylor, Bromley & Lewisham Mind Chief Executive, said,
“We are delighted to be working with our colleagues in SLaM to develop a much needed service which will fill a gap for people who have long-term mental health problems but can best have their needs met in a primary care setting. We believe the contribution of our organisation’s expertise will deliver support that really aids people’s recovery and ability to maximise their quality of life.”