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Mental health workforce plan - Published July 2017

Stepping Forward to 2020/21: Mental Health Workforce Plan for England is a fully-researched and considered response to the commitments made in both the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health and Future in Mind.

The plan has been developed by HEE, together with its NHS partners, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and other experts in the field of mental health services.

“Mental Health is a key priority for HEE. The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health laid out an ambition to see an additional one million people being treated by mental health services by 2021, including 70,000 more children and young people. This is something the whole system is committed to working on to make sure patients get the best possible care.

The workforce plan we have agreed with our partners across the system is based on the most comprehensive and robust study of the mental health workforce to date. We do not underestimate the scale of this challenge. To deliver the improvements we have said are required will require concerted action and focus from everyone working across the health and care system – this document lays out a plan to create that workforce.

I am confident that the NHS can rise to this challenge and that this plan is a significant step to make the improvements to care we all know are needed a reality.” Professor Ian Cumming, Chief Executive, HEE



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