Primary Care Mental Health

How our Prmary Care Mental Health Practitioners can help students including therapeutic interventions and liaison with the community mental health teams

The Primary Care Mental Health Practitioners within Student Advisory & Wellbeing are an important element of the mental health support we can provide to students at the university

What we do

  • The Primary Care Mental Health Practitioners provide mental healthcare to students who require support in primary care. 
  • The team form (with the NHS GP surgery) a common point of entry for triage, assessment and referral (where needed) onto specialist mental health services. 

How we can help

  • We can provide mental healthcare to students who require support in primary care but who do not require secondary care level input
  • Supporting students on a one-to-one basis as well as referring onto IAPT, GP services, specialist care team, and other university support services (amongst others)
  • Triage, assessment and referral for students for emerging mental health conditions or in the event of mental health crisis
  • Support and guidance for students transitioning out of secondary care into primary care services
  • Therapeutic interventions (for example CBT) to support mental wellbeing 

When to contact other teams for support

  • We are not a crisis service and are not available 24/7.  Find out how to access emergency help support outside of our working hours or at the weekend.
  • DSA funded mental health support including specialist mentoring and Mental Health Adviser support is managed by the Disability & Dyslexia Services team.
  • General support and advice on wellbeing is provided by our triage team in Student Wellbeing

Primary Care Mental Health team



Primary Care Mental Health team

Jane Gittins, Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner

Emma Smart, Primary Care Mental Health Practitioner