New Edgbaston wellbeing hub to help patients with mental health issues

A new wellbeing hub to support people with emotional and mental health issues will be launched in Edgbaston, Birmingham on 1 April 2014.

The Edgbaston Wellbeing Hub will incorporate a collective of six surgeries across the area - rather than one static base. The Hub will allow patients to visit any of the six surgeries, or call a dedicated phone line to be seen by the on-duty clinician and to access services.

The new model is the initiative of NHS Birmingham South Central CCG, and is a holistic approach to mental health. The primary function of the Hub is to focus on good emotional and mental health.

The two-year pilot programme in primary care mental health has been created to better coordinate existing wellbeing services in the area.

The Hub is designed for people of all ages to access first line interventions, and is for those who suffer from issues such as low mood, relationship difficulties, psychological trauma and long-term physical and mental health conditions.

Services at Edgbaston Wellbeing Hub include:

  • Counselling
  • Listening and guidance sessions
  • Life skills and befriending
  • Community and practical support
  • Self-help resources
  • One-to-one sessions

Dr Andrew Coward, Clinical Chair of Birmingham South Central CCG, said: "This is a good example of how clinically-led commissioning can help create a new, much needed, model of working to tackle mental health and wellbeing issues for local people.

"We recognise that the right kind of support needs to be put in place to help those with mental health problems and the Hub helps to address this. With the correct help, and intervention early on, we can make a huge difference to people lives. I am confident the pilot programme will be a success and those it will help will reap the benefits for years to come."

The surgeries will offer support to patients and carers - ranging from GP medical help to targeted community activities.

Dr Paul Turner, local GP at Karis Medical Centre and clinical lead for the project, said: "By working collectively we are amplifying what any one agency could do alone. We are creating a primary care based-service which enables better working relationships between existing organisations."

The Edgbaston Wellbeing Hub is available to patients registered at Karis Medical Centre, Bath Row, The Wand, Bellevue Medical Centre, Bournbrook and Varsity along with Harborne Medical Practice.

Patients interested in accessing services at the Hub should contact their local GP in the first instance. 

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