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General Practitioners: Mental Health Services

Question for Department of Health

UIN 44189, tabled on 2 September 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GP practices in England have access to a mental health worker to support patients.

Answered on

12 September 2016

This information is not held centrally.

The General Practice Forward View, published in April 2016, announced a commitment to 5,000 doctors in general practice and a minimum of 5,000 other staff working in general practice by 2020-21. This will include investment in an extra 3,000 mental health therapists to work in primary care by 2020 to support localities to expand the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme. This amounts to an average of a full time therapist for every 2-3 typical sized GP practices.