An extra £1 billion of extra funding is to be committed to improving mental health services in England by 2020.
Triggle, N. (2016). Mental health care ‘is ruining lives’. [Subsequently re-titled as “Nation must focus on mental health – PM”]. London: BBC Health News, February 15th 2016.
Figures obtained by a Freedom of Information requests to mental health trusts indicate that funding for mental health in England actually fell by 2% (in real terms i.e. adjusting for inflation) between 2013/14 to 2014/15.
Bloch, S. (2016). NHS mental health funding falls in England – FoI figures. London: BBC Health News, February 14th 2016.
Pym, H. (2016). Mental health care provision – failings and opportunities. London: BBC Health News, February 15th 2016.
This relates to:
The Five Year Forward View for mental health: a report from the independent Mental Health Taskforce to the NHS in England. February 2016. London: NHS England, February 14th 2016.
Possibly of interest:
NHS commits to major transformation of mental health care with help for a million more people. London: NHS England, February 15th 2016.
Mental Health Social Worker Training
The Department of Health is providing £10 million towards a fast-track scheme, run by the Think Ahead charity, for training graduates to become social workers who will work in community mental health teams.
Funding for mental health social worker fast-track scheme. London: BBC Health News, March 26th 2016.