GPs and primary care

Our Primary Care Mental Health Education Programme offers training tailored to the needs of GPs, practice nurses and other primary care staff.

The aim of the training is to provide the understanding, knowledge and skills required to identify and treat patients with mental health problems. We focus on high-impact training to GP trainers, working in collaboration with local NHS training bodies.

Training for General Practitioners


We focus on high-impact training to GP trainers, working in collaboration with local NHS training bodies.


We provide training workshops for groups of GPs at CCG learning events, conferences, within RCGP faculties and for groups of GP trainers.​ Our GP training covers a range of key topics:


  • Patients with depression: the GP consultation 

  • Preventing suicide: the GP consultation

  • Young people’s mental health: the GP consultation

  • Practical CBT for the GP consultation

  • Preventing medical error in general practice mental health: the GP consultation

  • Postnatal depression and perinatal mental health in general practice

To request training and to find out more about our GP training, click here .

What can a GP do in just a short consultation for a teenager who appears depressed? 

Read about Dr Maryanne Freer’s workshop in this blog from Connecting Care for Children (CC4C).

Training for practice and community nurses


Our training for practice and community nurses is accredited by the Royal College of GPs Our specialist trainer, Dr Sheila Hardy, provides a train the trainer programme in mental health and wellbeing for practice and community nurses.

The programme is made up of five modules, which can be delivered face to face as a series or as standalone modules:

  • Mental health awareness

  • Behaviour change

  • Physical health in mental illness

  • Wellbeing

  • Co-morbidities


Included in the programme are six e-learning units which anyone can access:

Read more about our training for practice and community nurses here

More for our GP and primary care programme:

Expert advice on consultations with young people experiencing mental health issues.

In this 20 minute video, Dr Maryanne Freer outlines practical ways for GPs to decide, in a short consultation, if a young person may have mental health problems, and offers some simple management options and self-help resources.

Antidepressant prescribing: expert advice for GPs on prescribing antidepressants.

In this 20 minute video, Prof Hamish McAllister-Williams gives practical, clinical guidance on how to optimise the use of antidepressants in primary care.

GP Toolkit: online learning for GPs, accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners

Meet our team of highly qualified and experienced primary care professionals.

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