GP mental health training is lacking
Published: 10 October, 2017
A “radical reform” of mental health services is needed to develop a workforce to meet people’s needs in the future, according to a new report by the Centre for Mental Health.
The report emphasises the importance of prevention, including the role of GPs in supporting people before they reach crisis point. However it notes that, while a third of GP consultations involve mental health, fewer than half of GPs have mental health training placements. There are examples of work with primary care, which increase GPs’ capacity and skill in addressing mental health needs.
The report, The future of the mental health workforce, was commissioned by NHS Employers and supported by Health Education England. It is based on insights from service users, carers and professionals and outlines a list of recommendations for a sustainable mental health workforce.
Find out about some of the mental health resources for primary care on the CPD Zone mental health page.
Last updated: 9 October, 2017