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Require all GPs have a designated Mental Health Nurse

Submitted by Demi Bell on Sunday 20th February 2022

Published on Wednesday 23rd February 2022

Current status: Closed

Closed: Tuesday 23rd August 2022

Signatures: 39

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concerns ~ Covid ~ Covid-19 ~ Covid-19 pandemic ~ Failed ~ failing ~ health concerns ~ Held ~ IMPACT ~ mentalhealth ~ month ~ Offer ~ Offered ~ Pandemic ~ Pilot

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Require all GPs have a designated Mental Health Nurse

Petition Details

In 2019, 40% of GP appointments were related to Mental Health. The impact of the covid-19 pandemic has further highlighted the importance of mental health. Yet, many patients presenting with mental health issues are failed by their GP.

Additional Information

In a trial in Teeside patients contacting their GP surgery with mental health concerns were offered an appointment directly with a mental health nurse. In the first three months of the pilot, 670 appointments were held with 483 patients. Of these, only 19 patients were referred on to more in-depth mental health support.

Having a Mental Health Nurse in these settings should help improve support for patients with mental health issues, and improve GP availability for other matters.

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