MHPs can support population health management through providing a combined consultation, advice, triage and liaison function. Working with other PCN-based roles, MHPs can address the potential range of biopsychosocial needs of patients with mental health problems, as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
Entry requirements –
You may need a Masters qualification or equivalent experience along with a qualification in Mental Health Nursing, or Occupational Therapy or Social Work and a professional registration where appropriate. To access these degrees you will normally need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or Level 3 relevant and equivalent qualifications.
Career progression –
You could train as a high intensity therapist, working with people with complex mental health needs.
You could also lead a team or develop new mental health services.
Skills you need:
- knowledge of psychology
- counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
- to be flexible and open to change
- sensitivity and understanding
- the ability to work well with others
- to enjoy working with other people
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- customer service skills
- to be able to use a computer