GP child and adolescent mental health specialists vital, MPs warn

The RCGP and Health Education England (HEE) must ensure GPs have the chance to develop a special interest in the care of young people with long-term mental health problems, MPs have warned.

Child mental health: call for more GP specialists (Photo: iStock)

In a report on child and adolescent mental health services published on Wednesday the House of Commons health select committee called for a full update on proposals to produce a special interest training package due to be introduced by September next year.

During its investigation, the committee was also told that HEE was working with the RCGP, other royal colleges, and the GMC to seek to introduce compulsory CPD modules on child health in GP training.

GP training overhaul

The HSC heard from the RCGP that GPs needed better training in dealing with young people with mental health concerns.

The report said: ‘We have heard that many GPs currently feel ill-equipped and lacking in confidence in dealing with these issues, and that the current training does not prepare them adequately for this.

‘We would like to seek further assurance that the issue of GP training in children’s and adolescents’ mental health specifically will be addressed by this work.’

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