Parliamentary briefing: Ensuring that mental health services are available in acute and community care settings during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, 2 July 2020
NHS trusts providing mental health and learning disability services have played a key role throughout the first peak of the pandemic by transforming care, both to maintain services and respond to the significant challenges presented by the COVID-19 pressures.
Mental health services will continue to face pressures in the weeks and months ahead, given a predicted surge in demand for mental health care as lockdown eases. As the NHS navigates the next phase of its response to COVID-19, it is vital that mental health and learning disability services get the specific support they need to ensure that services continue to be available in the acute and community settings during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
To do this, trusts require sufficient PPE and testing, reprioritisation to take account of demand and capacity issues, adequate funding and support with workforce challenges.