23 June 2015
Success for service for people with complex needs
Bristol Primary Care Assessment Consultation Service
(PCACS) will continue for another six months thanks to funding from
the Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group.
This new and collaborative service was set up last March as a
six month pilot in Inner City and East Bristol for people with
complex, chronic and severe needs.
Patients often present in GP practices with unexplained
symptoms, personality difficulties and chronic mental health
problems and for various reasons, do not have access to specialist
mental health services. Some patients also have difficulties
engaging with services.
There are no exclusion criteria and working with seven GP
practices so far, the team have received over 200 referrals.
Dr Thanos Tsapas, consultant psychiatrist in psychotherapy and
service lead says, "We are looking forward to continuing to provide
GPs with the support they need and to supporting a group of
patients who did not previously have their needs recognised".
The service is based on a model developed by City and Hackney
Primary Care Psychotherapy and Consultation Service.
For further details contact Bristol PCACS on Tel: 0117 919