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Mental Health (Wales) Measure Practice Sharing Day January 2012

Here is the analysis, feedback and supporting documents from the Practice Sharing Day in Cardiff we recently held to support the implementation of services under Part 1 of the Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010.

Held in Cardiff City Stadium on 12th January 2012, the following links will provide you with everything from the actual programme for the day through to analysis of feedback and supporting documents for the various presentations, sessions and workshops which took place:

If you have any questions about anything contained on this page or trouble downloading any documents please contact our Project Manager Lesley Hills via email at or on 029 2050 4516.

WaMH in PC GP and Practice Nurse Survey 2011 Results

The results of our GP and Practice Nurse Survey 2011 have revealed how most Health Care Professionals (HCPs) find working with mental health issues challenging under the current health care system in Wales.

The survey found HCPs felt there was a need for improvement in the interface between primary and secondary mental health care - especially in terms outreach and community services and the referrals system to secondary care services.

The majority of HCPs who responded to the survey estimated they spent 10-30% of their working time on mental health issues and most described this work as either "difficult" or "very difficult".

However, despite their problems nearly two-thirds felt able to deal with mental health and consult with their primary care colleagues when appropriate and said were still committed to providing primary mental health care services.

The survey also found out what HCPs thought about the ongoing impact of plans and strategies like the Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010 and National Dementia Vision for Wales but for a full breakdown of the survey's findings please use the following links:

This was second audit of Welsh GPs and practice nurses in Wales - with the first survey completed in 2009 - and its findings will be used to develop our Gold Standard Programme and inform policy makers and service providers of the views of the primary care workforce.

The survey ran from 1st September to 11th October 2011 - carried out by Lundbeck Limited - with 202 primary care healthcare professionals responding compared to 174 in 2009.

Information Sheet 9 - Mental Health and Ex-Service Personnel (Veterans)

Our latest Information Sheet outlines some of the primary mental health care needs of ex-service personnel (or veterans) across Wales.

The aim of Information Sheet 9 - Mental Health and Ex-Service Personnel (Veterans) is to provide their current or new GPs with advice on how best to help veterans whose health has been affected by their military service.

Veterans are the men and women who have served in the armed forces (either regular or reserve) who have now left to rejoin civilian life.

The Welsh Government has promised to help and support people in the armed forces following their service and it has launched the All Wales Veterans Health and Wellbeing Service for Veterans as part of this commitment.

This service is being developed and implemented across Wales by Local Health Boards (LHBs) and will provide expert treatment locally for veterans - for further information please visit

Our Information Sheets are part of our aim to improve mental health services and have been developed to provide valuable information, training and support tools on primary care mental health in Wales.

The publication of our Information Sheets come under the set objectives or our Gold Standard Project which has set the goal of providing good communication on mental health issues at the heart of its work.

All our Information Sheets are available to download and view from our Information Sheets page.

If you have any questions about Information Sheet 9 or trouble downloading it please contact our Project Manager Lesley Hills via email at or on 029 2050 4516.