Implementation plans are outlined regarding NHS England’s response to the Mental Health Taskforce’s recommendations for improving mental health care. The following report is a “blueprint” for coming changes in the NHS. It indicates what the public and service users can expect (and how soon). Commitments to funding increases for mental health services are included.
PM sets tone for future of mental health – Claire Murdoch. [Online]: NHS England, July 19th 2016.
Implementing the Mental Health Forward View. [Online]: NHS England, July 19th 2016.
This relates to:
Implementing the five-year forward view for mental health. London: NHS England, July 2016.
Also of interest:
Thousands to benefit from kick-start of mental health services transformation. [Online]: NHS England, July 19th 2016.
Helping a million more people by 2021 – Paul Farmer. [Online]: NHS England, July 19th 2016.
Turning plans into reality – Professor Tim Kendall. [Online]: NHS England, July 20th 2016.
Getting a whole system view of mental health services – Debra Gilderdale. [Online]: NHS England, July 21st 2016.
Being there when mental health patients need us – Kate Chartres. [Online]: NHS England, July 22nd 2016.
Mental Health Survey Indicates Young Women at Greatest Risk (NHS Digital)
Young women are the highest at risk group for mental health problems, in England, according to data from NHS Digital.
Young women at ‘highest mental health risk’. London: BBC Health News, September 29th 2016.
More on the National Study of Health and Wellbeing survey:
Pym, H. (2016). Mental health survey reveals pressure on young. London: BBC Health News, September 29th 2016.
Time To Change Mental Health Campaign
The Time To Change initiative, run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, and which aims to tackle the stigma of mental health illness, has been granted a further £20 million in funding from the Department of Health, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund.
Mental health campaign Time To Change gets £20m boost. London: BBC Health News, October 2nd 2016.
Delayed Discharge Problem Worse in Mental Health Trusts
Delays in discharging people from hospital are increasing more rapidly in mental health trusts. NHS England data indicates a 56% rise in the number of bed days lost as a result of delayed discharges from psychiatric trusts in October 2016, compared to November 2015. By contrast, there was a 30% rise of bed days lost to delayed discharges in acute trusts.
Buchanan, M. (2017). Blocked beds blight mental health care. London: BBC Health News, January 6th 2017.
Possibly also of interest, regarding the Northern Ireland context:
Smyth, C. (2016). Mental health: NI hospital discharge delays ‘appalling’. London: BBC Health News / BBC Northern Ireland News, November 17th 2016.
More Patients Attending A&E With Mental Health Issues
Statistics compiled by NHS Digital for the BBC indicate that the number of patients attending A&E units with psychiatric problems increased by nearly 50% to 165,000 between 2011-12 and 2015-16.
Triggle, N. [and] Woodcock, S. (2017). Steep rise in A&E psychiatric patients’. London: BBC Health News, January 11th 2017.
Theresa May’s Proposals for Mental Health Care
Theresa May has pledged to tackle the “hidden injustice” of mental illness.
Theresa May promises mental health care overhaul. [Later re-titled, as: Mental health reforms to focus on young people, says PM]. London: BBC Politics News / BBC Health News, January 9th 2017.
Possibly of interest:
Politics and jobs ‘swell youth anxiety’ – Prince’s Trust. London: BBC Health News / BBC Education News, January 9th 2017.