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Amidst persisting Covid-19 pandemic pressure, the NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) has strengthened its mental health support offer for all healthcare staff including community pharmacy teams.

With the latest move by the NHS, pharmacy staff now have rapid access to mental health services and support, courtesy of a series of new mental health and wellbeing hubs.

Each of these 40 hubs offers free and confidential clinical assessments by trained mental health professionals.

The hubs also provide access to talking therapies and other secondary care mental health services to those who need it. These hubs are going live across the country over the next few weeks.

“NHSE&I has also worked with NHS Practitioner Health to set up an enhanced mental health service to which wellbeing hubs can refer primary care health team members with more complex needs.

“This service offers access to prescribing clinicians, addiction services and interventions focused on trauma,” the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) has said in its latest update.

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