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Mental Health Taskforce set up to create a mental health 5 Year Forward View for the NHS

The Mental Health Taskforce brings together health and care leaders and experts in the field, including people using services, to lead a programme of work to create a mental health Five Year Forward View for the NHS in England.

Formed in March 2015, its principal task is to develop a new five year national strategy for mental health covering services for all ages which will be published in autumn 2015. This will be the first time there has been a NHS England-led strategic approach to designing mental health services for all ages spanning the health and care system.

In order to develop the strategy, the taskforce will explore the variation in access to and quality of mental health services across England; look at outcomes for people who are and aren’t able to access services and also consider ways to tackle the prevention of mental health problems. The views of people with mental health problems and their families and carers will be vital to this, as are the views of staff. The taskforce will ensure that people with personal experiences of mental ill health are engaged consistently in the delivery, monitoring and governance of the plan alongside other stakeholders with specific knowledge and interest.

The taskforce is chaired by Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind.  It includes members from the partner arm’s length bodies who hold critical responsibilities related to the planning and delivery of care. It also includes representatives from the third sector, think tanks and professional bodies. Members of the taskforce hold responsibility to ensure that there is cross-system commitment and alignment in developing a national strategy and that continued partnership, working effectively and meaningfully, delivers the strategy.

To inform decisions about priorities for the new strategy, the taskforce will seek the views and expertise of people with personal experience of mental health problems and professionals alongside reviewing clinical and economic evidence. People who are passionate about improving mental health services will be able to give their views on what works well, what doesn’t and how we can tackle some of the challenges – including the stigma that too frequently prevents people going to get the help they need.

Full details of how people will be able to give their views will be published shortly. In the meantime, any initial thoughts or suggestions can be emailed

Download the terms of reference here.

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13 April 2015


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