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NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announce that NHS in England is to invest a further £120million over the next two years on tackling and improving mental health services.

The investment and the new standards for mental health services have been announced today as part of a five-year ambition that will see new waiting times standards and early intervention services introduced, helping to put mental health on an equal footing with physical health services.

 

Simon Stevens, NHS England’s Chief Executive, said: “This is an important moment when we will bring parity of esteem for mental health services a step closer. Putting access and waiting standards in place across all mental health services, and delivering better integration of physical and mental health care by 2020, will bring us much closer towards that aim.”

 

Dr Geraldine Strathdee, NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Mental Health, said: “This programme will start the journey to transform mental health care in England. Today people who present in crisis often wait too long for an assessment and to access treatment. This new approach will help improve crisis care and help reduce the distress that untreated mental illness brings. With 75 per cent of long term mental health problems diagnosed before 18, investing in early effective treatments will pay immediate and long term dividends.”

 

Currently, most people who are referred for treatment for a physical health problem can expect to start their care within six weeks, with an absolute maximum wait of 18 weeks. The new plans mean mental health patients referred for talking therapies will be able to expect the same standards.

 

Similarly, people referred for urgent cancer treatment can expect to be seen within two weeks. The ambition is that people needing urgent care for first episode psychosis will be treated with the same urgency, no matter where they live.

 

Mental illness costs the country as much as £100 billion each year through lost working days, benefits and treating preventable illness but these plans are expected to make huge savings:

 

  • improved access to talking therapies will help tackle the 70 million working days lost annually due to mental health problems;
  • early treatment for people with psychosis could save the NHS £44million a year in reduced hospital admissions through people reaching crisis point;
  • improved psychiatric liaison services in A&E departments could save each hospital an average of £5million a year by cutting down on admissions and length of stay.

 

The national standards will also help tackle the regional variation in very long waiting times for talking therapies as well as making sure that there is proper investment in making these services available to everyone who needs them within an acceptable time.

For more information see original source: http://www.england.nhs.uk/2014/10/08/120million-mh/

 

Relevant forthcoming conferences:

Improving Adolescent Mental Health Services & Bridging the Gap between Adolescent and Adult Mental Health
Thursday 9 October 
Hallam Conference Centre
London

 
   

Improving Mental Health Crisis Care
Friday 17 October 
Hallam Conference Centre
London

 

Positive and Proactive Care: Reducing the need for restrictive interventions
Thursday 23 October 
Hallam Conference Centre
London

 

Masterclass: The Legal use of Control and Restraint
Tuesday 4 November 
Hallam Conference Centre
London

 

Smoking Cessation in Mental Health
Monday 10 November 
Hallam Conference Centre
London

 

Psychosis & Schizophrenia in Adults
Monday 10 November 
Hallam Conference Centre
London

 

Nursing Staffing Levels and Skill Mix In Mental Health
Monday 17 November 
Hallam Conference Centre
London

 

Masterclass: The Mental Capacity Act and Advance Decisions
Tuesday 2 December 
Hallam Conference Centre
London

 

Improving Physical Health for People with Mental Health Conditions
Tuesday 9 December 
ICO Conference Centre
London

 

Improving the Quality of Perinatal Mental Health Services
Thursday 11 December 
Hallam Conference Centre
London

 

Masterclass: The Legal use of Control and Restraint
Wednesday 14 January 
Hallam Conference Centre
London

 

Nurse Appraisal and Revalidation in Mental Health
Wednesday 14 January 
Hallam Conference Centre
London

 

Masterclass: Managing Stress & Promoting Resilience amongst Doctors
Tuesday 20 January 
Hallam Conference Centre
London

 

   

Positive and Proactive Care: Reducing the need for restrictive interventions
Tuesday 3 February 
Colmore Gate
Birmingham

 

 

Psychological Therapies in the NHS 2015
Wednesday 11 February — Thursday 12 February 
Millennium Gloucester Hotel & Conference Centre
London

 

Masterclass: Managing Stress & Promoting Resilience amongst Doctors
Tuesday 17 March 
Hallam Conference Centre
London

 

 


8 October 2014

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