Mental health workforce plan announced

July 31, 2017

Health Education England (HEE) has published Stepping Forward to 2020/21: Mental Health Workforce Plan for England.

HEE said that Stepping Forward to 2020/21: Mental Health Workforce Plan for England is a fully-researched and considered response to the commitments made in both the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health and Future in Mind.

The plan has been developed by HEE, together with its NHS partners, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and other experts in the field of mental health services. It follows the CQC's report into the state of mental health earlier this month, which reported that the mental health sector is ‘at a crossroads’.

In the foreword to Stepping Forward to 2020/21, Professor Ian Cumming OBE, Chief Executive of Health Education England said that the plan, 'Sets out a high-level road map and reflects the additional staff required to deliver the transformation set out in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health based on best evidence to date.

'This plan makes clear that no one organisation holds all of the levers necessary to produce
the required workforce. Delivery will require providers, commissioners, arms-length bodies, local authorities and the third sector to work together to ensure we recruit, retrain and retain
the staff that we need. '

Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, Director of Nursing and Deputy Director of Education and Quality,  at Health Education England said, 'Mental health is one of our key priorities. We are strongly committed to supporting the current and future mental health workforce to ensure that people have access to high-quality, well-trained staff when and where they need them.

'This a fantastic opportunity for the mental health sector and great news for patients. We are working with the system to provide more person-centred care that is responsive to the needs of all age groups and in particular the complex mental and physical needs of older patients.

'An additional one million people will have access to mental health services by 2021, including 70,000 more children and young people accessing evidence based interventions. This is something for the whole system to work on to make sure patients get the best possible care.'

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