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General Practitioners

We work in partnership with the primary care sector offering GPs and Health Service Commissioners a responsive, reliable and effective service to which you may confidently refer your patients.

We Provide:

• Counselling psychotherapy for patients presenting with symptoms of anxiety and depression; in line with the LES criteria and bespoke to your practice – based in your practice, operated to suit you and your patients. 

• A complete management of the service with minimum time involvement by GP, Practice Manager and the admin team. 

• Clinical Governance with a robust Policies & Procedures which underpin safe, ethical and effective practice.

• Connect2Counselling want you to have full confidence in a quality service to which you can refer your patients with limited ‘cost’ to you in terms of time and administration. The financial cost is met by the Trust. 

A SERVICE YOU COME TO VALUE and which BECOMES INVALUABLE TO YOUR PRACTICE  

 

 

GP referrals

 

Disparity between the treatment of physical and mental health has long been an issue in social care provision. The impact of poor mental health on individuals, families, communities and the state is of concern to Connect2Counselling. According to recent research carried out by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) 88% of individuals polled want the NHS to provide therapy on a parity of esteem basis with physical health. 51% of individuals surveyed said they would first approach their GP or other health professional to provide support, 41% would first approach a friend or family member and 2% said they would approach a counsellor. These figures show the access to mental health therapeutic support is primarily via GP practices.

GP BENEFITS

• In house service to refer patients presenting with anxiety, depression and medically unexplained symptoms.
• An alternative to medication.
• Less consultation time – fewer returning patients.

PRACTICE BENEFITS

• An additional treatment option without additional cost or administration.

PATIENT BENEFITS

• For those who can engage – time to focus and change habits of thinking and behaviour.
• A safe environment to work through their issues. • Individuals will increase inner resources by building skills and developing the capacity to respond to life situations/disruptions with more resilience.
• Familiar surroundings to access a therapeutic service without the need to travel outside the local area.
• Removing some of the barriers patients currently face when accessing therapeutic services.
• Shorter waiting times generally than alternative referral options.
• Patients can also access our experienced therapists privately and at a time convenient for them outside of the practice setting, if preferred.

Important areas to consider for your patients are:

Access – Providing quick and easy access to psychological therapies.

This means therapeutic provision available in locations familiar to the client and within an optimum time frame. This reduces reliance on medication and GP consultation time thus reducing NHS costs. Individuals will increase their inner resources by building skills and developing the capacity to respond to life situations/disruptions with more resilience. In the UK there are an estimated 6 million people with depression/anxiety related mental illness. The percentage per capita in NI is significantly greater. In NI 316m was spent in 2013 on anti-depressants and anxiety reducing medication.

Waiting Times – Reducing long waits for psychological therapies.

Waiting for mental health treatment, as with physical treatment, can lead to deterioration in an individual’s condition. The delays in treatment provision can turn straightforward issue into a something more complex. Social and occupational function can deteriorate and other stressors increase.

Choice – The patient’s freedom to choose.

Waiting for mental health treatment, as with physical treatment, can lead to deterioration in an individual’s condition. The delays in treatment provision can turn straightforward issue into a something more complex. Social and occupational function can deteriorate and other stressors increase.

Specialised Family Therapy Services

Connect2Counselling recognises the significant contribution of parents in the wellbeing of children. Every parent needs to maintain their own self-care in order to ensure their children’s needs are met.

Self-care is even more relevant for parents with children who have complex and challenging needs.

We have a specific interest in providing therapeutic services to parents of children with additional needs e.g. adoptive parents and foster carers and parents who have children with challenging behavioural, social, educational, physical and psychological needs.

Connect2Counselling provides specialised, tailored therapeutic support. As finance may be limited for such parents we will provide an affordable service based on individual circumstances.

We are also happy to take private referrals from GP practices and would be glad to discuss the requirements, opportunities, and possible service models for providing services.

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