Providing a primary care mental health service for adults in Leeds


1. Introduction

We want to know what people in Leeds think about primary care mental health services in Leeds. We will use the feedback we receive to inform and shape a new single service which meets the needs and preferences of local people.
‘One in four of us will experience mental health problems in any given year but most of us don’t get professional help’
- Mental health in primary care: A briefing for Clinical Commissioning Groups. June 2016 MIND
Primary care mental health services are services usually provided through your GP practice. You might be referred into primary care mental health services if you are feeling low, vulnerable or anxious.
Local GPs and other primary care staff, such as practice nurses, pharmacists and others, are the first place we go for healthcare advice and support, and just like our physical health, they are there to look after our mental health.
In Leeds there are three different primary care mental health services available:
  • Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) is a means of enabling people with common mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety disorders, to access evidence based psychological therapies. In other words it is about providing people with accessible and appropriate psychological support to help address and overcome mental illness.
    • In Leeds, the IAPT service is provided by Leeds Community Healthcare (LCH) NHS Trust, Community Links, Northpoint Wellbeing and Touchstone. The whole service is known as the Leeds IAPT Partnership. You can find out more about IAPT partnership by accessing this link:
  • There is also a Primary Care Mental Health Liaison Service for people whose needs cannot be met by the IAPT service. This is only provided at some GP practices in Leeds and is delivered by NHS Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust (LYPFT) and Northpoint Wellbeing. 
  • There is also some support available to women in the perinatal period from conception to one year after birth. This service is provided by the Women’s Counselling and Therapy Service and Homestart. 
In this survey we will call these three services ‘primary care mental health services
In April 2018 the three local Clinical Commissioning Groups (Leeds West, Leeds North and Leeds South and East) merged into NHS Leeds CCG. As one CCG we intend to commission a single Primary Care Mental Health service for Leeds from 1st October 2019. We think this will make services easier to understand and access.
We would appreciate it if you could take five minutes to share your thoughts with us.

The closing date to give your feedback is Sunday 30 September 2018.