Workforce development


We need to support the development of a confident and competent primary mental health workforce.

Recommended actions to take

  • Increase the number of mental health workers, in line with the Health Education England (HEE) Mental Health Workforce Plan for England. This could include specialist General Practitioner (GP) roles – including GPs with a Special Interest (GPwSIs) and GPs with Extended Roles (GPwERs) – and community pharmacists.
  • GP mental health leads to actively champion improvements within primary care to meet the physical health needs of people with serious mental illness (SMI).

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