Better equipped, better care: improving mental health training for gps and practice nurses

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1 December 2017
Mental health services, Health Services, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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This report is aimed at improving mental health training for GPs and practice nurses. It focusses on the training needs of practitioners and the support they receive for their own mental health.

Key points:

  • Around one third of all GP appointments are mental health related. But less than half (46 per cent) of trainee GPs undertake a training placement in a mental health setting.
  • Trainee GPs are faced with a narrow choice of training placements, and limited time and resources to complete them.
  • 82 per cent of practice nurses feel ill-equipped to deal with aspects of mental health for which they’re responsible.
  • 42 per cent of practice nurses have had no mental health training at all.

Mind believe that primary care services, and GP practices in particular, have a crucial role to play in supporting people with mental health problems.

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