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First contact mental health practitioner

What is a first contact mental health practitioner?

Are you feeling sad, anxious, or experiencing low mood? Our First Contact Mental Health Practitioners (FCMHP)are working in the GP surgery and available to offer you some support. The FCMHP can;

  • Support the GP to assess your needs
  • Offer advice
  • Introduce you to help and support in the community
  • If necessary introduce you to specialise services

Patients who are suitable to be seen by the first contact mental health practitioner

When would an urgent appointment be necessary?

How can patients be referred in to see our first contact mental health practitioner?

  • Call reception and ask to be booked straight in to an appointment


  • GPs/nurses can book patients in following a consultation if a mental health need is identified

If you have immediate concerns regarding your mental health including self-harm or thoughts of suicide please contact 999 or TEWV Crisis Service: 0800 0516 171

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