Primary care graduate mental health worker

Primary care graduate mental health workers provide support for people with common mental health services, primarily in GP surgeries and clinics. 

This page has information on the role of a primary care graduate mental health worker, the entry requirements, skills needed and how to apply. 

Working life

It is estimated that one in four GP consultations are with people with mental health problems. Your role will vary between employers but typically it will involve:

Mental health nurse and student nurse

Where will I work?

You’ll work primarily in primary care settings such as GP surgeries and clinics. You’ll work with a range of other mental health professionals, including psychiatrists, mental health nurses, art therapists, dramatherapists, music therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists and social workers.

Primary care graduate mental health workers are different from primary care mental health workers. These are professionally qualified workers - such as nurses, social workers or psychologists - working mainly in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). They would have also undertaken specific educational programmes.

Entry requirements and training

You’ll typically be either a new graduate of a relevant subject (eg psychology) or with relevant work experience (eg in a health and/or social care setting). Some employers may specify experience of working in mental health or with people with disabilities.

A postgraduate educational programme is offered by a number of universities. Typically, successful candidates will study for the Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Mental Health Care Practice.

Skills needed 

You'll need:

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