Specialist primary care mental health practitioners are nurses, occupational therapists and social workers.
They provide support, triage, signposting, and brief interventions to people experiencing mental health challenges at their local GP surgery.
They also educate and train local professionals so that they improve their skills and knowledge of supporting people with mental health issues.
In Buckinghamshire, mental health practitioners are being introduced in 12 of the 13 Primary Care Networks by 2024. It means that mental health practitioners are available at some, but not yet all, GPs in the county.
Speak to your local GP to find out if a mental health practitioner is available to support you at your Buckinghamshire PCN.
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Page last reviewed: 17 October, 2022