Five Year Forward View for Mental Health: government response

Department of Health, January 2017

This report sets out the government’s response to the work of the Mental Health Taskforce. The taskforce report to NHS England, the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, is an independent and far-reaching overview of what modern mental health services should be.

The government will accept the taskforce report’s recommendations in full. This report provides full responses to each of the 58 recommendations made to government.

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Parity in Progress? The All Party Parliamentary Group on Mental Health’s inquiry into parity of esteem for mental health

All Party Parliamentary Group on Mental Health, March 2015

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Mental Health, chaired by Conservative MP James Morris, held a year-long inquiry that found ‘unacceptably poor’ provision of mental health care, which the group said would not be tolerated in the rest of the NHS.

The APPG’s report found that there were three key areas where the lack of equality between mental and physical health services was most evident:

– Premature death People with serious mental illnesses die on average 15–20 years earlier than those without
– Emergency care People experiencing a mental health crisis often do not receive timely and appropriate support from mental health services. In 2012/13 some 8,000 people were detained in police cells because of the lack of NHS alternatives.
– Public health Despite 1 in 4 people in the UK experiencing a mental health problem each year, local authority public health strategies concentrate overwhelmingly on physical health, with just 1.4% of public health spending allocated to mental health.

The Group’s recommendations include:

– A national target for reducing premature death among people with mental health problems
– A wider range of community support services to reduce the numbers of people experiencing a mental health crisis being held in police cells
– Mental Health Champions in all local authorities to ensure mental health is prioritised in public health strategies.
– A review of how Government ensures the NHS carries out its commitment to improving mental health services.

The group has called for the next Government to accelerate its efforts to bring mental health services up to the standard of physical health services.

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Prime Minister’s challenge on dementia 2020

Department of Health, 21 February 2015

This document sets out what this government wants to see in place by 2020 in order for England to be the best country in the world for dementia care and support and the best place in the world to undertake research into dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases.  It also highlights the progress to date on improving dementia care, support and research.

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No more top-down reorganisation in mental health but much more funding, experts urge

BMJ, 21 January 2015

Mental health experts have called on all political parties to commit to radically boosting mental healthcare spending and cautioned against further major structural reorganisation.

They said that the quality of services varied too much and that patients needed far better access to treatments including psychological therapies, community support, and crisis care….

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Children’s mental health services ‘cut by £50m’

BBC News, 9 January 2015

NHS spending on children’s mental health services in England has fallen by more than 6% in real terms since 2010, according to official figures.

The cut, equivalent to nearly £50m, was revealed by NHS England in a parliamentary answer…

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Frontline First: Turning Back the Clock? RCN report on Mental Health Services in the UK

Royal College of Nursing, November 2014

This special Frontline First report Turning back the clock? Mental health services in the UK shows that mental health services are now under unprecedented strain, experiencing a steep fall in nurse numbers and available beds despite rising demand.

This report suggests that due to the loss of prevention and early intervention services, many people experiencing mental illness are unable to access inpatient treatment in their local area unless they have been sectioned under mental health legislation.  Despite pledges to improve mental health care and a new focus on community services, the last four years have seen a drop of more than 3,300 mental health posts across the UK in both hospital and community settings. This report shows that more experienced nurses have been disproportionately lost and highlights the serious implications that the loss of these skills has for both patients and nurses alike.  The report also takes a closer look at
each of the countries in the UK, outlining specific policy commitments and the current challenges facing mental health services in the different health and social care landscapes.

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