Five year plan for mental health gets a detailed 'road map'
No one argues with the Five Year Forward View’s plan to give mental health equal status with physical health. Implementing it could be an exciting challenge for mental health nurses – as long as they can be persuaded to stay in the workforce
The Five Year Forward View could mark a turning point in the long battle to get mental health parity with physical health, address long waiting times and unmet need, and ensure people get care closer to home.
NHS England says extra funding to support the mental health plans will rise to £1billion a year by 2020-21 in addition to the cumulative £1.4billion earmarked specifically for children’s and adolescents’ services. Local health economies have been told to ensure that mental health is included in their Sustainability and Transformation Plans, the blueprints for development over the next few years.
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