Mental Health Practitioners

Mental Health in Primary Care

Mental health Nurse Practitioners are being employed by Practices during working hours Monday to Friday to care for patients in the Practice face-to-face and over the telephone (with some Practices only offering face-to-face care). Patients are generally referred to the mental health nurses having gone through the Practices’ local triage system.


Within Gloucestershire, we have Mental Health Practitioners working in practices in Gloucester City, as part of a Pilot project which commenced in April 2017 and is gradually expanding. There are currently 3 practitioners (2.6WTE) working within 5 practices providing in-hours care to patient both face to face and with telephone appointments. The practices each have differing systems of how they utilise the Mental Health Practitioners, but most patients are booked in to see the practitioners through the Practices’ local triage system.

The pilot has now been extended for a further year for the current practitioners and an additional 3 WTE MH Practitioners will be put into 3 further Inner City practices. The project will be undergoing evaluation & working groups are being established.

Advanced clinical practitioners

This website may be useful for more information:

Health Education England – Advanced Clinical Practice Click Here >

Non-Medical Prescribing

These websites may be useful for more information:

NM Prescribing Click here >

University of the West of England NMP Click here >

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