Skip to main content

PWPs & Support from your GP surgery

If you feel you need ongoing support to improve your mental health then you may need professional support from the NHS. This is free and you will be able to access this help from within your GP surgery. Ask if there is a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner based in your surgery. If not, then your GP can provide support.

PDF File
PWP Poster

View the mental health and wellbeing services available at your GP.

Download ↓

What is a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner?

Psychological wellbeing practitioners (PWPs) are experienced mental health practitioners. They are a good first point of contact for people with mild- to moderate mental health problems. They understand a wide range of mental health conditions and the things that can help. They were introduced to many ABUHB GP surgeries in 2021. Some PWPs offer appointments in the GP surgery and some work remotely (by computer or telephone).

PWP appointments are up to 45 minutes long and aim to help people to make sense of their worries, and difficult or confusing experiences. A PWP will give you information about the problem and show you how to manage these experiences better. You can learn on your own, or with support from another service.

PWPs are not medically trained, and so cannot offer any advice about medication. They are also not able to offer diagnosis and counselling. They will help you think through what you need, what you need to do and help you make a plan. If you try something and it doesn’t work out, you can go and to talk to them again and make a new plan.

Explore more ways to look after your mental wellbeing

Mental Health Helplines Support

Helplines and Support

Support services you can reach by phone, text message, email or websites to help keep you safe.

Find out more →

Self-Help Wellbeing Resources

Self-help Resources

Professionally approved self-help resources to help you improve your mental wellbeing.

Explore resources →

Mental Health Wellbeing Courses

Free Mental Health & Wellbeing Courses

Short and in-depth courses to help you learn skills to manage and improve your mental wellbeing, and that of others.

Find out more →