Further to go to deliver for mental health

02 March 2017

 

NHS England has published its Five year forward view: one year on review.

The review marks the year anniversary of the publication of the Five year forward view for mental health.

highlights the progress made in the first year of the programme, and takes a look at the achievements which will need to be built upon to deliver the aims for mental health.

In response to the Five year forward view for mental health: one year on review, director of policy and strategy at NHS Providers, Saffron Cordery said:

“We welcome this important update on the Five year forward view for mental health which reflects the dedication and hard work of mental health trusts on the frontline. Under the leadership of both Tim Kendall and Claire Murdoch, we have seen promising progress to date but, as the report shows, there remains further to go to deliver the aims for mental health.

“The speed of change in health in social care presents challenges to those providing care, but also opportunities. The review rightly recognises the valuable collaborations offered through STPs and the impact we are starting to see when local systems see investment in mental health services as a gateway to a more sustainable health and care system.

The review rightly recognises the valuable collaborations offered through STPs and the impact we are starting to see when local systems see investment in mental health services as a gateway to a more sustainable health and care system.

 

“Sufficient resources are critical to success, so we welcome renewed commitment to parity of esteem by NHS England. While commissioners remain under pressure, independent oversight of CCG investment will help ensure funding for mental health services will not be lost against competing local health priorities. We must back this up with support for local training and placement opportunities to help providers overcome the struggle of recruiting staff for inpatient and home services.

“While the health service remains under unprecedented pressure, we should remain realistic about competing priorities by providers. Collaborative working across local delivery partners will be key to ensuring we continue to build upon the progress outlined today.” 

 

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