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.’