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Faculty Professors win BMA Primary Health Care Book of the Year award

Published: 24 September 2019
Award presentation

Two Faculty of Medicine Professors have been awarded the British Medical Association Book of the Year Award in the Primary Health Care category for the second time.

Professors Tony Kendrick, of the Primary Care research group and Robert Peveler of the Clinical Neurosciences research group, received the award for their book Primary Care Mental Health 2nd edition, an international multi-author book, which they wrote and co-edited with Professors Linda Gask, of the University of Manchester and Carolyn Chew-Graham, of the University of Keele. 

This is the second time the two professors have won this award – the first edition of the same book won it in 2010.

Around 90 per cent of all patients with mental health problems are managed solely in primary care, including 30 to 50 per cent of all those with serious mental illness. Primary care plays an increasingly essential role in developing and delivering mental health services, and in the wellbeing of communities.

Primary Care Mental Health book cover

In their book, the internationally respected authors provide both a conceptual background and practical advice for primary care clinicians and specialist mental health professionals liaising with primary care. Clinical, policy and professional issues, such as working effectively at the interface between services, are addressed - with a key focus on patient and service user experience.

Following the highly successful first edition, this fully updated volume includes new chapters on mental health and long-term physical conditions, prison populations, improving access to care, and public mental health.

Tony Kendrick, Professor of Primary Care, said: “We’re delighted to have won this award for both the first and second editions of the book. It recognises the importance of general practice and primary care in the assessment and treatment of the great majority of people with mental health problems. Our Southampton research in this area has had significant impact on guidelines and the care of patients.”

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