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Stockton-on-Tees – a positive PBC experience

Good relations between GPs and local managers has been key to developments in Stockton-on-Tees

Good relations between GPs and local managers has been key to developments in Stockton-on-Tees



A major success for PBC in Stockton has been work on improving community health services, says Dr John Harley, of the Woodlands Medical Centre.

An investment of £250,000 under the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies initiative has seen the introduction of gateway workers, graduate mental health professionals who can provide CBT and counselling.

Patients can self-refer to three counselling resource rooms. ‘We have had a really positive experience of PBC in terms of psychological therapies,' says Dr Harley.

There are ‘good relationships' with the Stockton board of the North Tees PCT, he adds. ‘They recognise the value of PBC so they are convinced in terms of engaging practices rather than dictating.'

The proposed hospital reconfiguration is seen as an opportunity by local practices in this area, says Dr Harley. ‘We are planning how to invest in community services so we don't have to send patients from Stockton to Hartlepool.'

The project is ‘starting with a blank sheet of paper', thinking about what should be done in hospital and what should be done in the community, using PBC to commission local services.

Stockton-on-tees: hospital reconfiguration seen as an opportunity Stockton-on-Tees: hospital reconfiguration seen as an opportunity

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