Work Streams > Primary Care
The primary care mental health programme was launched
for consultation at the NIMHE Impact Conference on 30 January 2003.
Building on work already undertaken its overall aims are to:
- help practitioners improve the fundamentals of care
- facilitate and encourage innovative practice.
The programme includes seven areas, led by Primary Care leads based in
one or more of NIMHE's local development centres:
Delivering the programme
Three methods are proposed as means of putting proposals
- Using established "collaborative" methodology
- Roll out the "teaching the teachers"
and "trailblazer" methodology to support local leadership
and clinical skills
- Work with the leadership centre to exploit tolls
already established to promote leadership capacity
Within a three year programme the following early actions are proposed:
- Early work through the Development Centre structure to raise awareness
and provide advice and support to PCTs on primary care graduate workers
- Establishing networks and workshops to improve capacity and capability
- Considering the early implementation or primary care mental health
- Developing proposals for the teach the teacher/trailblazer methodology
The programme is firmly committed to a "bottom up" approach;
an approach which emphasises the power of helping front line staff find
their own solutions to the problems they face.
How to get involved
For further information please contact Mary Sheppard, the Programme
Related web sites
Primary Care in Mental Health Education: www.primhe.org