Mental health network

A primary care approach to mental health and wellbeing: case study report on Sandwell


07 / 11 / 2012

The importance of mental health and wellbeing cannot be understated. It affects and influences the lives of individuals, families, communities and societies.

There is growing evidence that positive mental health and wellbeing at a population level can reduce health inequalities and improve wider outcomes in relation to physical health, social cohesion and economic productivity.

This report presents a detailed case study of the journey Sandwell’s health commissioners(then Sandwell PCT, now Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group) went through to respond to a number of important health inequalities within its local population.

It focuses on how its health service commissioners responded to specific health inequalities to develop a primary care-led approach to improving mental health and wellbeing.

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