More help for mental health patients
MORE experts are to be appointed to help patients who attend their doctors' surgeries suffering from mild to moderate mental health needs.
Each GP practice in Stoke-on-Trent will have a so-called "high intensity worker" to help patients with conditions such as depression and anxiety.
The service is mainly provided by the Healthy Minds Network, which is run by charity Rethink.
The move comes after city GPs said that while the work had won testimonials from some users, the needs of their patients were still not being fully met.
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Officials running the Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which commissions local NHS care, said proposals had been agreed to improve services.
It includes plans to have more high intensity workers, with one being attached to each surgery.