Part 1 - Downloadable Resource

The Mental Health Measure (Wales) 2010 introduces a new legal framework for mental health services in Wales and part 1 applies to Primary Care.

The changes under Part 1 are different to previous policy changes in that they place legally-binding duties on the NHS and Local Government across the whole of Wales.

These changes will happen, so mental health professionals need to know what the Measure requires, what it means to primary care, what to expect and how it will help primary care and their patients.

In conjunction with the 2 Measure Information Sheets we have already produced, we have now created this Downloadable Resource to help GPs and their teams understand Part 1 of the Measure which came into force in October 2012.

Therefore, we urge you to spend time going through the various sections of our Downloadable Resource which we have split up into the following 3 distinct sections:

  • Guidance - A series of links to supporting documents and guidance for Part 1 of the Measure
  • Legislation - A series of links to legislation and regulations behind Part 1 of the Measure
  • Videos - A series of videos explaining Part 1 of the Measure

The primary care community will also need to be aware of some of the other aspects of the Measure - including parts that dictate that all those receiving secondary care services will have a care plan which is now called a Care and Treatment plan (CTP therefore replaces CPA).

Also patients who have been discharged from secondary care services can ask to be re-assessed within the next 3 years by contacting secondary care services directly without the need to see a GP.

We hope to continue to support Welsh primary care over the next 12 months as these new services develop and become embedded in GP practices. 

Further information on the Mental Health (Wales) Measure is available from:


Barbara Bowness - The All Wales Primary Care Lead for Part 1 of the Measure at:

  • National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Healthcare, Innovation House, Bridgend Road, Llanharan CF72 9RP.
  • Telephone: 01443 233 333 / 07816 513 774. Direct line: 01443 233 364.  
  • Email:

Alternatively, contact WaMH in PC via email at or on 029 2050 4516.