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Mental Health

Volume 471: debated on Wednesday 30 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to extend (a) mental illness and (b) learning difficulties training programmes for GPs and community care staff. (177020)

The educational and training curriculum of general practitioners (GPs) is set and managed by the Royal College of General Practitioners. The content of the GP training curriculum is agreed by the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board (PMETB). PMETB has recently approved a new curriculum for postgraduate general practice training.

Post-registration training needs for national health service staff are determined against local NHS priorities, through appraisal processes and training needs analyses informed by local delivery plans and the needs of the service.