Jonathan Lanham-CookMental Health Nurse Consultant
I am really happy to be joining Concord Medical Centre as Mental Health Nurse Consultant at the beginning of November 2012.
I first started working in mental health in 1993 for Rethink (then National Schizophrenia Fellowship) and this led to me training as a psychiatric nurse, qualifying in 1998. I gained a degree in Specialist Community Mental Health Nursing in 2005 and post-graduate diploma in CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) in 2011.
Over the years I have accumulated a wealth of experience across a wide range of mental health settings within primary, secondary and tertiary mental health services. Primarily working for the NHS but also within the voluntary sector. More recently I have trained in and been working as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with the South Gloucestershire IAPT service, which has broadened my experience and skill regarding the treatment of common mental health problems.
I have had an association with Concord Medical Centre for about five years and have always felt very welcomed and enjoyed working here and was, naturally, delighted to be asked to be part of the team.
Although specific detail will emerge as to the precise detail of my role within the team what I do know is that I’ll be there to oversee the mental health care of Concord patients who are identified as having issues relating to mental health. I will endeavour to play a close and supportive part in the assessment, monitoring and treatment of those that I see. Many will have met me before either in my role as Gateway Nurse or as a CBT therapist and many more I am look forward to meeting once I am in post.
From the point of view of good practice I am thrilled that the surgery has taken on the responsibility for having a mental health specialist ‘in-house’ as this is a ‘fantasy’ I have harboured for many years from my experience and observations of what is good and what is not so good about mental health provision. It will hopefully provide much needed consistency to patients when dealing with very difficult issues.
I have for many years seen myself as a primary care specialist, and am grateful to have the opportunity to play a part in moving forward a relatively radical approach to looking after primary care patients in this way. I have a particular interest in depression and anxiety as I see these two broad issues at the heart of all mental health difficulties and their day-to-day management.
My hope is that people’s experience of struggling with problems relating to mental health will be in some way lessened by a more coordinated and consistent approach.