23 June 2015

Success for service for people with complex needs

PCACSBristol 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 5636

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