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PCTs join up to tackle depression

Primary care trusts across the North West are working in partnership to tackle depression in local communities.

The Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP) has published a report “North West Commissioning Collaborative” that suggests commissioners and practitioners should work collaboratively to improve services for common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.

Professor Antony Sheehan said: “Recent policy has emphasised an element of competition in local health markets to ensure the best possible services for local communities.

“This report has also highlighted the benefits of partnership working between organisations, by adopting a collaborative approach to service improvement.”

CSIP North West has helped PCTs develop a localised version of the NICE guidelines for depression and anxiety to help redesign services and provide a range of personalised support options to patients.

Ivan Lewis, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Health, said “These pathfinders point the way to a radical overhaul of mental health services with a much greater focus in future on creating access to talking therapies which ensure people are supported to make a rapid and sustainable recovery.”