Many GPs lacking in mental health training – despite one-in-three appointments related to issue

Only 46 per cent of GPs undertook a training placement in the discipline before qualifying - and having more experience may mean they can look after their own well being




Most GPs don’t receive adequate training in mental health, despite one in three appointments being related to the issue.

Data obtained by Mind shows just 46 per cent of GPs undertook a training placement in a mental health setting before qualifying.

 The mental health charity’s research also found 82 per cent of practice nurses feel ill-equipped to deal with mental health conditions, while 42 per cent have had no training at all.

Mind has launched a petition calling on the Government to ensure all GPs and practice nurses receive comprehensive mental health training.

Chief executive Paul Farmer said: “Providing structured mental health training to primary care staff would ensure they have the knowledge and confidence to provide quality support.”

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Kathryn Yates, of the Royal College of Nursing, added: “Mental health problems account for a huge amount of the demand on primary and community services, but this is simply not reflected in the training available.

“All health and social care staff should view mental health as an ­essential part of their job.”

Dr James Booth, 38, a partner in a GP practice in Chelmsford, Essex, said improved training in mental health would also help GPs cope better with the pressures of their job.

He added: “More structured mental health training would help GPs and practice nurses to identify signs of poor mental health – whether that’s their own, their patients’ or colleagues’.”

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