Primary mental health workers

Sometimes also called ‘mental health link workers’. This role was described in NHS Health Advisory Service 1995 and was recommended as a way of improving the relationship, communication and collaboration between specialist mental health services (CAMHS) and the wider network of services working with children, for example schools, youth and community services, primary care, and so on. Primary mental health workers tend to operate in tiers 1 and 2. In some parts of the UK, including Scotland, this has led to the establishment of PMHW posts. In other areas the role has been developed, but delivered in a variety of ways. In some cases, workers are employed specifically to deliver primary mental health work, whilst in others, this work is achieved though an extension of pre-existing professional roles.