NHS England publishes 'Implementing the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health'
‘Implementing the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health’ 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.
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.
Four areas which will see immediate action as a result of this plan include:
- Investment of £72 million over two years to better integrate physical and mental health services.
- A new pilot with investment of £1.8m initially directed at six pilot sites testing new approaches to delivering mental health care (successful sites listed in notes).
- Clear plans for how £365m allocated for specialist perinatal mental health services over the next five years will help 30,000 more women per year.
- A £12m roll-out over next two years of Liaison and Diversion services, for people who may have mental health needs and find themselves in the court system or police services. Services will be available across the whole country by 2020.