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Thousands to benefit from kickstart of mental health services

Children and adults of all ages, with conditions such as psychosis, depression and anxiety will be among the first to benefit from improved services as work starts on a major transformation programme for mental health care.

Implementing the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, published today, outlines the changes people will see on the ground over the coming years in response to the Mental Health Taskforce’s recommendations to improve care.

In the Foreword, Claire Murdoch, NHS England’s new National Director for Mental Health, said: ‘The costs of mental ill health — whether to the individual, their family or carer, the NHS or wider society — are stark. So today we’re kickstarting national action to overhaul and expand this long neglected part of the NHS.’

Intended as a blueprint for the changes that NHS staff, organisations and other parts of the system can make to improve mental health, the plan also gives a clear indication to the public and people who use services what they can expect from the NHS, and when.

The report details how new funding, pledged in response to the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, rising to £1bn a year by 2020/21 in addition to the cumulative £1.4bn already committed for children, young people and perinatal care, will be made available for CCGs year on year. It also shows how the workforce requirements will be delivered in each priority area and outlines how data, payment and other system levers will support transparency.


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