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WaMH in PC Survey 2014

We're asking GPs, Practice Nurses, LPMHSS workers in every surgery in Wales and anyone else interested in Primary Care Mental Health to spare a little time to complete our 2014 survey.

The WaMH in PC Survey 2014, which is the third of its kind, will go live on 24 February and takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and can be completed online using the following link - WaMH in PC Online Survey 2014.

Alternatively, the survey is available in paper form on the following link which you should then return to the following address:

WaMH in PC Paper Survey 2014

Lesley Hills,
RCGP Wales,
Regus House,
Falcon Drive,
Cardiff Bay,
Cardiff CF10 4RU.

The main objectives of the survey are to:

  • Survey perceptions, awareness and satisfaction levels for the current state of mental health service provision among GPs, practice nurses and LPMHSS workers (particularly following the introduction of the Mental Health (Wales) Measure in October 2012)
  • Survey views on where change is needed
  • Gauge current levels of awareness of WaMH in PC and its activities
  • Review the results of this third survey against the results of the previous two surveys

The closing date for submission of online and paper copies of the questionnaire is Friday, 2 May 2014.

The results will be published on this website in July but if you would like to receive an advanced personal copy of the final report please send your email address details to lhills@rcgp.org.uk.

Thank you for your support.

IT Access to WaMH in PC Dementia in Primary Care Training Videos

If you're having trouble accessing and opening the videos included in our recently published dementia in primary care training please read the following advice.

The video elements of our Managing Dementia in Primary Care Training Package are hosted on our WaMH in PC YouTube Channel but some organisations - including NHS Wales - block access to the YouTube site.

So if you're unable to any of the videos on your work computer please contact  please contact NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS) on 08450 267 297 or at primarycare.servicedesk@wales.nhs.uk or your IT department.

You can also contact Lesley Hills at lhills@rcgp.org.uk or on 029 2050 4516 if your IT department cannot access the material.

Our Managing Dementia in Primary Care Training Package has been designed - alongside the Alzheimer’s Society and many others - to support primary care teams in delivering the best quality care to patients with dementia and their carers.

The videos it contains have been designed to support primary care teams in delivering the best quality care to patients with dementia and their carers.

If you have any questions or problems with the training contact Lesley Hills at lhills@rcgp.org.uk or phone 029 2050 4516.

Information Sheet 15 - Welfare Benefit Reform

Our latest Information Sheet is a briefing note for GPs and primary care practitioners about the Government's current welfare benefit reform.

There are many changes happening to our benefits system and Information Sheet 15 provides professional advice, guidance and support on how this will effect you and your patients.

Your patients may be anxious, upset or confused about what the changes may means for them and the sheets explains how you can help your patients apply for the appropriate benefits .

It outlines who you can go about providing evidence to support your patients' claims and how you need to suggest that it is important for them to collect evidence from all the professionals involved in their care in order to give them the greatest chance of making a successful claim.

Like all our Information Sheets this latest document aims to help raise awareness about and improve mental health services across the country.

Each of our sheets have been developed to provide valuable information, training and support tools on primary care mental health in Wales.

Their publication comes under the set objectives of our Gold Standard Project which has set the goal of providing good communication on mental health issues .

We have a range of other Information Sheets which are all available to download and view on and from our Information Sheets page.

If you have any questions about Information Sheet 15 or trouble viewing or downloading it please contact our Project Manager Lesley Hills via email at lhills@rcgp.org.uk or on 029 2050 4516.