Collaborative care is the name given to a particular way of healthcare professionals working together and includes Psychiatrists, General Practitioners (GPs), practice nurse (PNs), Community Psychiatric Nurses (CPNs), Psychologists and others. With collaborative care a ‘care partner’ (who might be a CPN) works with the service user to coordinate care delivery and ensures that all the different aspects of care a patient receives including psychological and physical care are brought together so the service user gets the most benefit. A key element of collaborative care is that the service user is recognized as being an expert in their condition and an important part of the team.
In this study, we will work with service users and care partners to organize care more effectively with GPs and other health and social care professionals. We will test a version of collaborative care and ask service users how they felt about the care they received within the model. We will also speak to GPs and other members of the healthcare team about their thoughts on carrying out the care package.
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