GPs and practice nurses aren’t getting enough mental health training

New statistics from Mind highlight how little training GPs and practice nurses are being offered in mental health.

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Data obtained by the mental health charity shows that in England, on average, less than half (46 per cent) of trainee GPs undertook a training placement in a mental health setting.

Furthermore, the only mental health-related option offered to trainee GPs was in psychiatry, which is based in hospitals and secondary care-focussed.

Once qualified, GPs are required to undertake ongoing training in order to continue to practice, but, at the moment, none of the hours they spend on Continued Professional Development (CPD) need to have a mental-health component. This is despite an estimated one in three GP appointments being related to mental health.

Practice nurses are being let down too. More than four in five (82 per cent) practice nurses said they feel ill-equipped to deal with aspects of mental health for which they’re responsible. More than two in five (42 per cent) said they’d had no mental health training at all.

The vast majority of people with mental health problems who do get treatment are seen within primary care – 81 per cent of people first come into contact with mental health services via their GP, with 90 per cent of people receiving treatment and care for their mental health problem solely in primary care settings.

Read the full report here


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