Sheffield Bridging the Gap Project

Bringing together physical and mental health is a national priority. In this ground breaking initiative Health Education Yorkshire and Humber and Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group have supported twelve physical health practitioners (community nurses, occupational therapists and physiotherapists) to train and qualify as IAPT Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWP).  In a partnership between Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the dual trained practitioners are being supported to test out integrating their new PWP skills within their physical health roles, via an NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber work group.

Three dual trained physiotherapists are successfully using their mental health training within a large musculoskeletal service. Integrating mental health within busy community nursing schedules has proved challenging in the absence of protected time. The Sheffield Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund enabled three dual trained community nurses to deliver integrated physical and mental health interventions to people who are housebound, with positive results.

The project has important learning to share and formal evaluations are in progress.

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