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Mental Health Integrated Community Service (MHICS)

We provide specialised mental health support within the community, focusing on recovery and resilience.

We can offer support if you’re an adult living with difficult challenges with your mental health and your life, such as: 

  • You live with a significant mental illness such as Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Psychosis, or OCD
  • You have life events or circumstances that are significantly contributing to poor mental health e.g., financial worries, relationship breakdowns, housing issues
  • You have difficulty engaging with other mental health services 

MHICS isn’t an emergency mental health service. If you need urgent mental health support, call NHS 111 or the Samaritans 116 123. 

MHICS is part of our Community Mental Health Transformation Programme.

Read about our Community Mental Health Transformation Programme

We provide specialised mental health support within the community, focussing on recovery and resilience.

Depending on your needs, we can offer short term one-to-one or group sessions covering a range of different topics.

This may include appointments with specialists, such as:

  • Psychological assessments, that also consider your circumstances and past experiences
  • A care plan to help you to achieve your goals
  • Information, guidance, and support around emotional and physical wellbeing
  • Facilitating access to community resources
  • Bridging and supporting referrals to other services and agencies
  • Brief evidence-based interventions that may prevent the need for secondary care
  • Support and monitoring of medication
  • Access to consultation from a psychiatrist or mental health pharmacist 

If our MHICS assessors do refer you, we will always explain who the specialists are and how they will help you. 

Community Connectors

Our Community Connectors are specialist voluntary sector partners in our service who have expert knowledge of our local area and work together to access the local support that you need right now. These may include:

  • Drug and alcohol support groups
  • Debt and housing support via organisations such as Citizen’s Advice
  • Social networks to combat loneliness and isolation
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Activities to enhance your wellbeing
  • Employment support from Individual Placement and Support (IPS)

Ask your GP for more information about MHICS.

We also accept referrals from other healthcare professionals including talking therapists and mental health practitioners.

Unfortunately, we currently don’t accept self-referrals. 

When you’re referred to us, we will arrange your first appointment within 4 weeks. We’ll talk with you about your situation and create our care plan steps with you.

If you have any communication needs, we can accommodate you to ensure you feel comfortable and understood. This includes BSL for deaf and hard of hearing people.

Transition from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Depending on your needs you might transition from CAMHS into Secondary care. These are adult mental health services such as a Community Mental Health Team (CMHT).
Or you may be transitioning from CAMHS into Primary care. These are community-based services like your GP. 

Read our CAMHS transition pack (pdf)

If you are registered with the GPs in East Berkshire listed below, you can be referred to MHICS. 


  • Green Meadows Surgery
  • Kings Corner Surgery
  • Magnolia House Surgery
  • Ascot Medical Centre


  • Forest Health Group
  • Gainsborough Practice

Bracknell & District

  • Binfield Surgery 
  • Easthampstead Surgery
  • Great Hollands Practice
  • Heath Hill surgery
  • Sandhurst Group Practice
  • The Waterfield Practice

Bracknell Heath Triangle

  • Crown Wood Medical Centre
  • Evergreen Practice
  • Ringmead Medical Group 


  • The Cedars Surgery
  • Claremont Holyport Surgery
  • Cookham Medical Centre
  • Cordwallis Road Surgery
  • Linden Medical Centre
  • Redwood House Surgery
  • Rosemead Surgery
  • Ross Road Medical Centre
  • Woodlands Park Surgery

Slough LOCC

  • Cippenham Surgery
  • Langley Health Centre 
  • The Chapel Medical Centre
  • The Orchard Surgery

Slough SPINE

  • Farnham Road Medical Group
  • Kumar Medical Centre
  • 242 Wexham Road Surgery

Slough Central

  • Crosby House Surgery
  • Herschel Medical Centre
  • Manor Park Medical Centre
  • Shreeji Medical Centre
  • 240 Wexham Road

Slough SHAPE

  • Bharani Medical Centre
  • Ragstone Road Surgery
  • The Village Medical Centre


  • Clarence Medical Centre
  • Datchet Health Centre
  • Lee House Surgery
  • Runnymede Medical Practice
  • Sheet Street Surgery
  • South Meadow Surgery 

MHICS is still in the roll out phase and will be available across all GP surgeries in Berkshire by 2024.

Currently if you are registered with the GPs in Berkshire west listed below, you can be referred to MHICS. 


  • Balmore Park Surgery
  • Emmer Green Surgery 


  • Brookside  Familly Practice
  • Wilderness Road Surgery

New Reading

  • Longbarn Lane Surgery
  • Melrose Surgery
  • Russel Street Surgery
  • S R & Shinfield Medical Practice

Reading Central

  • Chatham Street Surgery
  • Grovelands Surgery 
  • London Street Surgery
  • Pembroke Surgery
  • Westwood Road Surgery

Reading West

  • Western Elms Surgery
  • Tilehurst Potteries Surgery 


  • Tilehurst Village Surgery 


  • University Health Centre 


  • Abbey Medical Centre
  • Milman Road Surgery
  • Reading Walk in Centre 



  • Parkside Surgery
  • Wargrave Surgery
  • Woodley Surgery


  • Finchampstead Surgery
  • Swallowfield Surgery

Modality Wokingham

  • Burma Hills
  • Wokingham Medial Centre


  • Twyford Surgery
  • Loddon Vale Surgery

Ask your GP for more information about MHICS.

We also accept referrals from other healthcare professionals including talking therapists and mental health practitioners. 

If you are a voluntary sector organisation or local authority looking to make a referral to the MHICS service, please contact your local team who will provide a referral form.

MHICS Bracknell

Call 0118 904 2820

MHICS Reading

Call 01189 043 400

MHICS Slough

Call 0118 904 2819

MHICS Windsor, Ascot, and Maidenhead (WAM)

Call 0118 904 2818

MHICS Wokingham

Email MHICSWokingham@berkshire.nhs.uk

Call: 0118 9044780

We offer one-to-one peer support to people with significant and/or long-term mental illness.

Support is provided by our trusted Lived Experience Practitioners (LExPs), who use their own experiences of mental distress and professional training to help you achieve your personal recovery goals.

Sessions can either be face to face in the community or online 

Visit our MHICS Peer Support service page

Our Neurodiversity Passport can help you communicate your needs to our staff. It covers sensory processing, your communication preferences, and topics that might make you feel anxious and overwhelmed, so that we can support you.   

Read about our neurodiversity passport