It's not good enough...

Less than half of trainee GPs complete an on-the-job placement (called a ‘rotation’) specifically on mental health setting.

The table below shows the percentage of trainee GPs who complete a rotation in a mental health setting in your region:

Local Team

2013

2014

2015

Kent, Surrey and Sussex

75%

71%

72%

East Midlands

54%

63%

68%

North, Central and East London

59%

56%

57%

North West London

South London

North East

48%

42%

47%

East of England

46%

44%

45%

Wales

46%

45%

45%

West Midlands

45%

46%

39%

South West

34%

34%

35%

Yorkshire and Humber

36%

33%

32%

North West

34%

31%

31%

Thames Valley

36%

36%

31%

Wessex

 

This makes no sense: a third of GP appointments relate to mental health and 90% of us with a mental health problem will only ever seek support from GPs and other primary care staff, such as practice nurses and pharmacists.

What makes matters worse is that the number of trainees completing a mental health placement varies across every region of England and Wales, meaning in some areas, GPs have more expertise in mental health than in others.

Every day GPs support people with mental health problems. That’s why everyone training to be a GP should complete a rotation specifically on mental health – either in a hospital or in the community.

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