The Let’s Discuss Mental Health in Primary Care Summary Report has now been published and is available to read here.
In this summary report we:
In this second collaboration between the Chief Officers Group, Health and Social Care Scotland and BMA Scotland, we are collectively harnessing the power of partnership. By exploring the challenges, listening to experiences around mental health in primary care and sharing good practice, we aim to enable well informed strategic conversations at a national level, and support and reflect positive engagement both regionally and locally.
In April 2021, we held three regional online workshops across Scotland (19 April - North Region, 20 April - West Region and 21 April - East Region) to hear experiences from colleagues working within primary care, health and social care, third sector; and people with lived experience of mental health problems, and their unpaid carers.
An online survey was circulated to all attendees ahead of the workshops. The online survey was also shared within the public domain, via Health and Social Care Scotland website and social media. Feedback from the online survey has helped to inform final outputs and provided an additional opportunity to contribute.
The summary report provides a high-level summary of the main themes and recommendations that emerged from both the online workshops and online survey – anonymised quotes from participants have been included within this summary.
This summary report and the feedback gathered will help shape the next steps for the Mental Health in Primary Care Development Group, a Scottish Government working group with a remit to expand the capacity for the delivery of better mental health support in primary and community care settings.