First Contact Practitioner
The specialist physiotherapy services we offer as a PCN start with our First Contact Practitioner (FCP); a physiotherapist working in an extended role to assess and manage patients with musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions.
Social Prescribing Link Workers
Within the PCN, we have a team of Social Prescribing Link Workers available, whose role is take a holistic approach to patient’s health and wellbeing.
These unique specialists connect people with relevant community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support, which can include anything from counselling referrals to support with homelessness. Help can also be provided for those suffering with feelings of isolation, deteriorating mental health, debt issues, and the impact of COVID.
Social prescribing works for lots of different people, including those with one or more long-term conditions. They’re also beneficial to those needing support with their mental health, and those who may have complex social needs that affect their wellbeing.
Adult Mental Health Practitioner
Our Advanced Mental Health Practitioner at Redcar Coastal PCN is Dawn Libbey, who has over 25 years-experience in the NHS. In this time, she’s covered everything from nursing to psychology management, and various other areas of expertise relating to adult mental health.
At Redcar Coastal PCN, Dawn provides additional capacity to the existing practice-based mental health service, and offers a combined consultation, advice, triage, and liaison function. She rectifies inappropriate referrals and duplicate work, which boosts the effectiveness of GP practices and enables patients to get the right treatment at the right time.
Dawn’s patient-focussed role is vast, and covers the following:
Patients with mental health conditions such as severe anxiety or depression, eating disorders, personality disorders, adult ADHD, PTSD, dual diagnosis, and poor responses to medications or interventions from IAPT can also be treated at Redcar Coastal PCN, as well as those who are in immediate crisis or are having suicidal ideation.
Child & Young Person Mental Health Practitioner
Our Child and Young Persons Mental Health Practitioner (CYP) is Linda Stone, and her role is varied when it comes to the mental health of children and younger people.
Dealing with patients between 4 to 18 years old, Linda specialises in helping those experiencing problems that affect their mental health. This can be anything from substance abuse to relationality difficulties, anxieties, worries, and more.
In her role at Redcar Coastal PCN, she offers advice, signposting, and onward referrals to appropriate services.
Advanced Clinical Practitioner (OT)
Our Advanced Clinical Practitioner - Occupational Therapy, Sarah Clifford, is new to the PCN, and will soon run clinics for patients that are included on the frailty register and over the age of 65. These live well clinics are designed for the over 65s and include home visits for patients who are housebound.
Within our occupational therapy service, we are also able to offer assessments, support, and referrals to appropriate services.