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Mental Health Practitioner

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