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.

Click here to view the full report.