GPs and practice nurses do a really difficult job. They encounter enormous pressures and demands in the workplace. When they are well supported and receive sufficient and ongoing training, they are better equipped to provide the best care for their patients.
However, we've found that:
It's vital that all GPs and practice nurses receive relevant, sufficient and ongoing mental health training, so they have the knowledge and confidence to provide quality mental health support.
We've produced a report on improving mental health training for GPs and practice nurses.
Our report focusses 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.