New and updated resources on mental health
The aim of the RCGP Adolescent Health Group, since its inception in 1992, has been to promote the highest possible standards of health provision for young people in a changing world. As adolescent health is increasingly being recognised as an area in its own right, this is done in the UK by supporting GPs through education, encouraging good communication and service development.
Talk to us patient leaflets: an RCGP Adolescent Health Group resource
The most recent project championed by members of the group, in partnership with the college Clinical Innovation and Research Centre (CIRC) has been the development of dynamic, downloadable practice leaflets. These leaflets 'Talk to us', which are endorsed by the RCGP, are intended for GPs to use with young people and their parents.
These innovative leaflets are available on the youth mental health resource hub on the RCGP website as well as here. The leaflets are designed to be used either as posters in surgeries or as leaflets to be given to young people and their families, either in a consultation or in a mailshot.
The 'Talk to us' leaflets address issues of confidentiality and what a young person should expect at an appointment. It aims to dispel myths that young people might have heard about seeing their family doctor. The team responsible for developing the leaflets will be presenting at the RCGP annual conference in Liverpool this October, because we want to inspire other to share their own resources through the RCGP, as well as other national bodies and networks. The RCGP Adolescent Health Group also wants to evaluate the impact of these leaflets and use them to promote adolescent mental and physical health.
Over recent years, the RCGP and the Royal College of Psychiatrists have worked in partnership to produce a series of factsheets on a range of topics. We are extremely grateful to Professor Carolyn Chew-Graham and Dr David Shiers for taking on the daunting task of reviewing and updating this suit of resources to take account of new evidence. These resources can be accessed here.
This series of factsheets address the following issues:
- Management of depression in older people
- Treating depression in people with chronic heart disease
- Guidance for health professionals on medically unexplained symptoms
- Emerging psychosis and young people: what you need to know
- Early intervention in psychosis: looking after the body and the mind
- Primary care guidance on smoking and mental health
- Guidance on debt and mental health
These invaluable leaflets offer concise information and advice for GPs who want to ensure that they are providing the best care to their patients with mental health problems, as well as those with medically unexplained symptoms. The emphasis of many of the leaflets is on the holistic care of those with mental health problems and offering guidance on broader issues such as debt and smoking, as well as the importance of not neglecting physical health.
Lester Positive Cardiometabolic Resource
In addition, the Lester Positive Cardiometabolic resource, which is designed to provide the framework and rationale for intervening in the physical health of patients with psychosis and schizophrenia, has been updated. This particular resource has been included as an implementation tool to support the recent NICE psychosis and schizophrenia guideline.
It will also support the implementation of the new NHS England national physical health CQUIN. [PDF]
We hope and trust that you will find these resources of practical use and value in your day-to-day practice. Please share them with fellow GPs and colleagues from across the primary care team. It would also be helpful to have your comments and feedback which should be sent via the CIRC team at CIRC@rcgp.org.uk.