Developing the Primary Mental Health Worker Role in England

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Abstract

Background:  The Primary Mental Health Worker (PMHW) interface role was introduced in England 13 years ago. This study evaluated the development of the role.

Method:  415 English PMHWs (64% of workforce) completed a survey about the services they provide, management organisation, training and development, and job satisfaction.

Results:  PMHWs perceive their role to involve successful collaboration with primary care staff, offering improved access to mental health services, and being supported by a generally good infrastructure; although training opportunities remain an area of need.

Conclusions:  The workforce development policy appears, from the PMHWs’ perspective, to be successful although training opportunities need consideration.

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