A £5.20 million pound boost will see mental health treatment transformed across Windsor, Slough and Bracknell.

The cash from NHS England has been donated to the Frimley Health and Care Integrated Care System which covers East Berkshire.

Around 50 per cent of those with severe mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder or major depression, currently see their GP to manage the majority of their care and treatment. Multi-agency support has mostly only been available to those referred to a specialist community mental health team.

The new funding will help connect people with a wide range of local authority health and wellbeing support services from leisure facilities, clubs, groups, stop smoking advice to community transport.

Fiona Edwards, Lead for the Frimley Health and Care Integrated Care System said: “We’re really excited to have been chosen to pilot this new way of working, as it responds directly to what local GPs have been telling us would most help their patients.

“We heard from more than 80 GPs that some patients need a greater level of support than can be offered in a normal appointment but don’t meet the criteria for the local mental health services. This means that GPs and patients feel like they are struggling on their own and people have difficulty accessing the help they need.”

The plans also include expanding the specific support available for people with a personality disorder and developing more targeted approaches for young people aged 18 to 25 years old.

The new services are expected to be up and running by the end of the financial year as part of a gradual roll-out and will include an extensive recruitment campaign.