in West Essex


Around 1 in 3 GP appointments are related to mental health. However fewer than half of all trainee GPs undertake a training placement in mental health.

We’re calling on Jeremy Hunt to improve mental health training for trainee GPs. Please sign our petition today.

We need to make sure GPs are supported so that they can support us.

For most of us, our local GP practice is the first place we go when we’re unwell. It’s there to help us with our mental health as well as our physical health.

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.

Around one third of all GP appointments are mental health related. It’s vital that all GPs and practice nurses receive relevant, sufficient and ongoing mental health training.

Unfortunately this isn’t happening everywhere. We’ve found:

  • trainee GPs are faced with a narrow choice of training placements, and limited time and resources to complete them.
  • less than half (46 per cent) of all trainee GPs in England and Wales receive placements in a mental health setting which is usually a psychiatric unit.

GPs have told us psychiatric unit experience can be helpful but differs greatly from their day to day work in practice treating people with mental health problems.

Practice nurses are being let down as well. 82 per cent of practice nurses feel ill-equipped to deal with aspects of mental health for which they’re responsible. 42 per cent have had no mental health training at all.

We believe GPs and practice nurses must receive structured mental health training. It needs to be relevant, sufficient and ongoing so they have the knowledge and confidence to provide quality mental health support.

Sign Mind's petition calling on the government to improve mental health training for trainee GPs.

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