Providing more physical health checks for those with mental illness
Improving care for young people, and new and expectant mothers
Introducing more specialist mental health care in A&Es
These changes will be implemented by methods, such as:
Reform of commissioning
This will ensure that local providers control specialist referrals. This enables expansion of local services, and reduction of inappropriate out-of-area placements, which will redirect a huge £350 million of funding
Expansion of the workforce
800 mental health therapists are to be in primary care by March 2018
The aim is for this to rise to over 1500 by March 2019
A single national programme management team
This aims to align the work of government bodies, including NHS England and Public Health England
They will also continue working with their partners, such as Mind and the Royal College of Psychiatrists
What could you be asked in your interview about Mental Health Services?
Do you think mental health should be an area of concern for the NHS?
What are the current problems with mental health services?
How would you redirect funding to improve these services?
Words: Toyin Jesuloba
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