New mental health practitioner Vicky Davies, starting at the practice this Friday 7th January!
We have a new mental health practitioner Vicky Davies, starting at the practice this Friday 7th January!
She will be offering appointments at Portcullis practice on Tuesday mornings and Friday afternoons.
Booking can be done by any clinician or any receptionist at the patients request
They must be 18 years and over, and not currently open or under the mental health team.
She is an experienced mental health nurse with a lot of experience in many areas of mental health including
-Adults 18 years and over
-inpatient acute services
-secondary community care services
-mother and baby mental health
She has been appointed and funded jointly by the South West PCN aswell as the Mental Health Trust. She will work across the PCN is to support patients with mental health needs.
Her role is designed to increase capacity in primary care by working alongside our nurses, ANPs, GPs and counsellor Siri Lewis to provide a first point of contact for patients. In many cases our clinicians will refer more complex cases for her review and assessment.
She will be on hand for patients to book in with her to give guidance, advice and treatment for patients with more complex and severe mental health symptoms such as anxiety, depression, psychosis, bipolar disease, schizophrenia or personality disorders that are not currently open or under the care of a psychiatrist or mental health team.
Vicky will complete an assessment as part of her consultation. She can also provide low level psycho educational sessions and provide patients with a tool kit to help with their mental health. If counselling is needed she will signpost patients to either Siri Lewis our counsellor or other counselling options such as IAPT Adult Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme. She will also refer to the Mental health Team for more specialised help if needed.
Welcome to the practice Vicky!