Supporting people with mental health conditions in primary care

Event 19 September 2023Location Online via WebEx at 13:00-15:00

Speakers shared experiences of supporting people living with mental health conditions to show that you don’t have to be an expert to make a contribution


19 September 2023


Online via WebEx at 13:00-15:00

About the Event

Our keynote speaker outlined how NHS England is supporting the management of people living with mental health conditions in primary care followed by examples of doing this in practice. 

An honest discussion was encouraged about the barriers that participants experience when supporting people living with a mental health condition. 

Why it’s important

Most mental health conditions are managed in primary care.   

There is a still a stigma attached to mental health, and pharmacy professionals may struggle with confidence to engage with these individuals. 

There is often a misconception that you need to be a mental health expert to support people living with these conditions. Primary care pharmacy teams have a valuable role to play in providing support, reassurance and signposting. 

What was covered

  1. Common barriers to engaging with people living with a mental health condition, including fears, confidence, stigma and not being a mental health expert. 
  2. Lived experience was shared to understand the impact that pharmacy professionals in primary care have on supporting people living with mental health conditions.   
  3. The value of being curious and asking questions during consultations even if you don’t know the answer.


A range of speakers from SPS and other organisations helped to run this event.

SPS Speakers

The following SPS team members presented this webinar:

Non-SPS Speakers

We were joined by:

Matthew Elswood

National Specialty Advisor Mental Health Pharmacy, NHS England, and Chief Pharmacist, Notts Healthcare

Kuljit Nandhara

Deputy Chief Pharmacist, Head of Mental Health Services, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Dolly Sud

Postdoctoral Clinical Academic Research Fellow Pharmacist, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

Katey McCorkell

PCN Pharmacy Technician, Shard End and Kitts Green PCN, Our Health Partnership

Harlene Kithoray

Senior Clinical Pharmacist, Rushcliffe PCN

Ang Evans

Team Leader, Community Mental Health Medicines Management, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust



Information presented during this webinar is correct at time of recording. Current guidance should be followed.

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