Developing the mental health workforce capacity in primary care: implementing the role of graduate primary care mental health workers in England

Rushforth, David and Patel, Jit and James, Alison and Chadwick, Siobhan (2007) Developing the mental health workforce capacity in primary care: implementing the role of graduate primary care mental health workers in England. Journal of Mental Health Workforce Development (Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice 1755-6228), 2 (1). pp. 42-49. ISSN 1750-0699

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Abstract

The scale of current demand on primary care services
from people seeking help with common mental health problems places enormous pressure on the existing front line workers in general practice. The paucity of training opportunities and competing pressures to deliver improved services across a range of general practice targets remains a major challenge for primary care professionals. The impact of
government policy, to improve both access to and choice of treatments, has raised public expectations. The commissioning of the graduate workforce, the graduate worker in primary care mental health(GWPCMH), commenced in 2002, in response to the publication of target numbers detailed in the Priorities and Planning Framework, (DoH, 2002). It signalled a determination to expand the workforce
provision and improve the quality of care for service
users with common mental health problems. This paper examines the scale of common mental health problems, the policy response and the commissioning process. Particular attention is given to examining the barriers that have been shown to affect implementation, identifying the key influencers and the resources required to train these workers.

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Additional Information:The scale of current demand on primary care services from people seeking help with common mental health problems places enormous pressure on the existing front line workers in general practice. The paucity of training opportunities and competing pressures to deliver improved services across a range of general practice targets remains a major challenge for primary care professionals. The impact of government policy, to improve both access to and choice of treatments, has raised public expectations. The commissioning of the graduate workforce, the graduate worker in primary care mental health(GWPCMH), commenced in 2002, in response to the publication of target numbers detailed in the Priorities and Planning Framework, (DoH, 2002). It signalled a determination to expand the workforce provision and improve the quality of care for service users with common mental health problems. This paper examines the scale of common mental health problems, the policy response and the commissioning process. Particular attention is given to examining the barriers that have been shown to affect implementation, identifying the key influencers and the resources required to train these workers.
Keywords:Mental health workers
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B760 Mental Health Nursing
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:1039
Deposited By: Bev Jones
Deposited On:09 Oct 2007
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:25

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