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Call for more mental health nurses in general practice to ease primary care burden

GP Partnership Review highlights mental health as a major issue for NHS and looks at challenges facing general practices

GP Partnership Review highlights mental health as a major issue for NHS and looks at challenges facing general practices

Community mental health nurses should spend time as part of general practice teams to help ease the burden on primary care, a new independent review recommends.

Doing so could bridge a gap in mental health service provision between general practice and mental health services, the review says.

The GP Partnership Review has been looking at how general practices work and services are equipped to respond to the different challenges they face.

Burden on emergency departments

Published in January, the review points out that mental health is a major issue for the NHS and that the associated workload has increased significantly.

76%

of people in England with a common mental health condition do not receive treatment

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