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In full: Results of Pulse's survey on mental health services

See the full results of Pulse’s survey of GPs on community mental health services.


Do you have confidence that your local community mental health teams are able to cope with their case load?

Yes 10%

No 82%

Don’t know 8%


Over the past 12 months, have community mental health services in your area:

Greatly improved 0%

Improved 11%

Stayed about the same 43%

Become much worse 9%

Other 3%


Have you had a patient come to harm due to delays or lack of response from community mental health or crisis services?

Yes 18%

No 50%

Don’t know 32%


How often do you find you are managing patients with mental health issues outside of your competence?

Never 1%

Hardly ever 17%

Sometimes 57%

Often 22%

All the time 3%


How often are you forced to prescribe because the local IAPT service is not able to help a patient?

Never 4%

Hardly ever 12%

Sometimes 34%

Often 39%

All the time 11%


About the survey: Pulse launched this survey of readers on 29 June 2014, collating responses using the SurveyMonkey tool. The 29 questions asked covered a wide range of GP topics, to avoid selection bias on any one issue. The survey was advertised to readers via our website and email newsletters, with a prize draw for a Samsung HD TV as an incentive to complete the survey. As part of the survey, respondents were asked to specify their job title. A small number of non-GPs were screened out to analyse the results for this question. These questions were answered by 476 GPs.

Readers' comments (1)

  • The only help you get from mental health services is yet another prescription, there is no quality time for patients to sit and talk about root causes. Better care is often had via GP's who make time to talk, where mental health services offer times slots and when your time is up, off you go!
    Mental health care hasn't improved much since the 50's, the cruel treatment may have gone, but so has the level of care.Mental health cares needs a revolution, treating the symptoms does not deal with the root causes!

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