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).