The mental health practitioner role can be filled by many clinical and non-clinical professionals with mental health expertise. These professionals could be community psychiatric nurses, clinical psychologists, mental health occupational therapists or peer support workers.
The scope of the role is decided at primary care network (PCN) or practice level and may vary according to the patient populations needs. Mental health practitioners can act as a bridge between primary and secondary care services to facilitate patient-centred care across services provided.
At work mental health practitioners might;
- support patient referral to available services within the NHS
- provide psychological intervention to a range of issues
- promote good mental health practices and recovery