Links between social deprivation and mental health are well documented. People experiencing mental ill health may find it harder to access advice and support for social issues.
Worsening economic hardship impacts upon patients’ health and GP time pressures.
Co-locating welfare advice services in primary healthcare settings has been one approach to increasing income among socially deprived groups. It is also hoped that it will relieve pressure on general practices.
Previous evaluations have been methodologically limited and effectiveness has not yet been established.
We provided the first evidence-based data on the benefits of co-locating welfare advice services in GP settings, demonstrating significant improvements in patient mental health and well-being, reaching those most in need and supporting healthcare staff.