Adult Mental Health Support Workers

Key roles and responsibilities

  • Supports adults and older adults with complex mental health needs whose main need is not anxiety or depression (who would be seen in the local NHS Talking Therapies service)
  • Ranging from AfC Band 4 to 8a, roles can include but are not limited to: community psychiatric nurse, clinical psychologist, mental health occupational therapist, peer support worker, mental health community connector or other role, as agreed between the PCN and community mental health service provider

Education and training requirements

Due to the variety of mental health practitioner roles, there is no universal standard for education and training requirements. Dependent on individual profession

Recommended minimum supervision

A PCN should ensure that the postholder is supported through the local community mental health services provider (or by the employer) by robust clinical governance structures to maintain quality and safety, including monthly supervision

See also – DTH Guide to Supervision of Primary Care Roles

Devon Training Hub have recently produced a summary guide covering the supervision of all roles including GPs, Nurses, Non-Medical Prescribers, Advanced Practitioners and new roles funded through the ARRS scheme.

The guide contains the latest information on supervision requirements for each role, which team members of the team can supervise them,  & details of training requirements & CPD opportunities for supervisors.  

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