Guidelines for Primary Healthcare Providers

PURPOSE

The overall purpose/intent of credentialing is to improve population health in the area of mental health and addiction within a primary care setting.

Primary health care nurses require the necessary competencies in screening, brief assessment, intervention and referral in order to meet the mental health and addiction related health care needs of people in their communities.

Essential to enhancing and developing knowledge is translation of knowledge/skills into practice and this is depicted by Practice Development Support (based on a model of reflective practice and often referred to as clinical supervision).

Participating as an organisation in the Credentialing Progrogramme

The practice of credentialed nurses includes: