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DH pledges 10% increase in mental health access

DH pledges 10% increase in mental health access

The Department of Health has pledged that they will increase access to mental health therapists to 25% in 2020, up from 15% at the moment
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The Department of Health has pledged that they will increase access to mental health therapists to 25% in 2020, up from 15% at the moment.

However, this means that 75% of people who need mental health support will not receive it from the NHS in 2020.

In it’s Shared Delivery Plan the DH states that it will “ensure there are therapists in every part of the country providing treatment for those who need it, with a commitment to increase access to psychological therapies from 15% to 25% of those who might benefit by 2020.”

This comes after the Mental Health Taskforce’s report The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, was released earlier this month, pledging increased access. 

David Cameron, prime minister, said at the time that he is “committed” to creating a parity of esteem, and “this means that if you are struggling with a mental health condition you will get the help and support you need.”

The new report also stated that no Mental Health Trusts have yet been rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), while five were rated good, nine were rating inadequate and the majority (86) was rated as requires improvement.

In the new report, the DH also said that they would:

·       Expand intensive home treatment and psychiatric liaison services as part of our commitment to improving 24/7 access to mental health support.

·       Ensure proper provision of health and community based places of safety for people suffering mental health crises.

·       Ensure that women have access to mental health support, during and after pregnancy, while strengthening the health visitor programme for new mothers. 

·       Enforce the new access and waiting time targets for people experiencing mental ill-health, including children and young people

See the full report here

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