Mental health promotion and prevention training programmes: Emerging practice examples

Public Health England, October 2016

This resource is a collation of emerging practice examples of mental health promotion and prevention training programmes available in England for the core and wider public health workforce. Its purpose is to support those who wish to commission or deliver such training as part of building a public health system capable of meeting the growing mental health challenge.

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Delivering high quality, effective, compassionate care: developing the right people with the right skills and right values

Department of Health, October 2016

The mandate to Health Education England (HEE) sets out the government’s objectives for HEE to provide healthcare education and training.reflects strategic objectives around workforce planning, health education and training and development.  The mandate looks at how the healthcare workforce can be developed to improve care for patients through education and training.

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Commitments to increase mental health funding not reaching the front line

King’s Fund, October 2016

Analysis by the King’s Fund shows that 40 per cent of mental health trusts saw their income fall in 2015/16. This is despite the government’s commitment to parity of esteem for mental health and assurances from NHS England that almost 90 per cent of plans submitted by clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) last year included mental health funding increases.  The findings are based on analysis of the annual accounts of all 58 mental health trusts in England. Given that mental health trusts provide about 80 per cent of all mental health care, the fact that income fell in so many trusts last year provides a clear indication that the promised funding increases are not reaching the front line.

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Hidden in plain sight: the unmet mental health needs of older people

Age UK, October 2016

This report finds that the current availability of mental health services does not meet the increasingly high demand from our ageing population.Currently 3 million people in the UK over the age of 60 are living with depression and this figure is set to rise to 4.3 million in the next 15 years due to the growing number of older people in our society.  The report found that over a third of Mental Health Trusts in England have no policies for providing integrated care for people over 65 with both mental and physical health needs.

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