New trial started to improve help for mental health problems

January 31 2016

A TRIAL has been started to improve the service offered to people with mental health problems in South Gloucestershire.


A TRIAL has been started to improve the service offered to people with mental health problems in South Gloucestershire.
The service aims to ensure people get a faster, more in-depth diagnosis to enable them to be treated and to recover more quickly.
Dr Peter Bagshaw, clinical lead for mental health for South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “There are growing numbers of people in South Gloucestershire with mental health problems and we’re working closely with our partners to increase the availability and quality of treatment.
“By spending more than an hour with a highly experienced therapist at their first appointment, we hope patients will receive a more immediate and in-depth diagnosis.
“That will enable them to receive the right treatment quickly so they can get back to enjoying life and engaging with work or daily activities as soon as possible.”
The service is being provided by Oasis-Talk, a well-being and therapies service in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
Vicki Palmer, its clinical and managing director, said: “Whether depressed, stressed, anxious or dealing with any one of a wide range of common psychological and emotional issues, the service is available to help. Everyone’s psychological and emotional issues differ so various levels of support are needed.”
The trial will run until November, when the CCG will consider whether to offer the same service to patients in other GP practices in South Gloucestershire in the longer term.