New measures will aim to transform mental health services by treating an extra one million patients by 2020 to 2021.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt today (31 July 2017) launched a plan to expand the mental health workforce. The plan sets out measures to tackle the ‘historic imbalance’ in workforce capacity and fulfil ambitions to improve mental health services.
The government committed £1.3 billion to transform mental health services, with a pledge to:
- treat an extra 1 million patients by 2020 to 2021
- provide services 7 days a week, 24 hours a day
- integrate mental and physical health services for the first time
The plan has been developed by Health Education England (HEE) together with NHS Improvement, NHS England, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and other key mental health experts.