Proposed mental health standards will help reduce the care deficit

22 July 2021

Responding to the proposed new mental health standards published by NHS England, the deputy chief executive of NHS Providers, Saffron Cordery, said:

"We welcome this consultation on mental health access standards.

"The full mental health impact of the pandemic is still emerging, but trust leaders are reporting extraordinary pressures.

"In particular, a high proportion of children and young people not previously known to services are coming forward, and they are more unwell, with more complex problems than in the past.

We know how important timely access to services is both to prevent mental ill health and avoid where possible conditions worsening.

Saffron Cordery    Deputy Chief Executive

"We know how important timely access to services is both to prevent mental ill health and avoid where possible conditions worsening.

"Yet our recent survey found 85% of mental health trust leaders said they could not meet demand for children and young people's eating disorder services.

"Ensuring the right funding, including money for buildings and equipment, and strengthening the workforce will be vital in meeting new standards.

"The proposed access standards will also go some way to reducing the care deficit in mental health which still exists despite investment and renewed focus in recent years."

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