Primary Care Mental Health


Common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression are a major public health concern. Almost 20% will suffer from depression at some point in their life. These problems lead to poor quality of life and can complicate management of other long term conditions.

In the NHS 90% of people with common mental health problems are managed in primary care. Despite improvements, many people do not get access to high quality, evidence based treatments. Similarly, people with serious and enduring mental health problems also suffer through lack of access to evidence based approaches to improving physical health.

Working with local and national partners, including MAHSC, the NIHR School for Primary Care Research, and the CLAHRC for Greater Manchester, we will continue to build a multi-disciplinary research programme that focuses on improving quality and access to primary mental health care for people with either common mental health problems or serious mental illness.

Our key strengths and priority areas of research are:

  • Improving access to treatments for depression and anxiety
  • Managing mental health problems in people with long term conditions
  • Evaluating innovative psychological interventions and enhanced depression care models
  • Developing services for people with serious mental illness
  • Evidence synthesis – informing policy and practice through state of the art reviews

In March 2013, we hosted the annual Primary Care Mental Health Conference here in Manchester. Details of the conference can be found here.