Professor Niroshan Siriwardena highlights the relevant recommendations for primary care from the British Association of Psychopharmacology guideline on insomnia and sleep disorders

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Implementation actions for STPs and ICSs

written by Dr David Jenner, GP, Cullompton, Devon

The following implementation actions are designed to support STPs and ICSs with the challenges involved with implementing new guidance at a system level. Our aim is to help you consider how to deliver improvements to healthcare within the available resources.

Insomnia is a common problem but rarely catered for adequately by current NHS provision.

  • Explore the possibility of providing a web-based facility to provide support for GPs and patients, with simple programmes to facilitate self-help:
    • embed in this facility sleep assessment tools for people to use directly; these tools could also help to assess the severity of sleep problems so that people needing medical assessment can be identified
  • Ensure  that specialist services are available for GPs to refer to for more specialist problems and conditions, e.g. sleep apnoea
  • Consider contracting with commercial online providers that can provide a subscription-based sleep assessment and self-help services.

STP=sustainability and transformation partnership; ICS=integrated care system


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