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Our local GP practice is often the first place we go with a mental health problem. Our new survey of over 1,000 GPs found that 40 per cent of all appointments now involve mental health. We all know that GPs do a really difficult job, but when they are well supported and receive relevant and sufficient training, they are better equipped to provide the best care.

Whether you visit a GP practice, work in GP practice or commission primary care services – there’s something here for you.

Call for more mental health training

We’re calling on Health Education England to extend GP training from three to four years so the curriculum can cover more about mental health, and to expand the range of mental health placement options to give GP trainees more experience in supporting people with their mental health in a community setting.

We’d like to hear about the difference good GP care has made to your mental health. Your stories will help us show parliamentarians how important it is that GPs get the right training.

  • 40 per cent of GP appointments involve mental health
  • 4 in 5 GPs would welcome training in a wider variety of mental health settings
  • 2 in 3 GPs believe that the number of people seeking support for their mental health has increased over the last year.
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Our report - Better equipped, better care

We’ve produced a report on improving mental health training for GPs and practice nurses.

Our report focuses on the training needs of GPs and practice nurses in a GP practice setting, as well as the support they receive for their own mental health. It makes recommendations on how to improve training to enable GPs and practice nurses to provide the highest quality mental health care.

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