National Report on Mental Health – Mental Health Taskforce

Formed in March 2015, the independent Mental Health Taskforce has brought together health and care leaders, people using services and experts in the field to create a Five Year Forward View for Mental Health for the NHS in England. This national strategy, which covers care and support for all ages, was published in February 2016 and signifies the first time there has been a strategic approach to improving mental health outcomes across the health and care system, in partnership with the health arm’s length bodies.

The taskforce explored the variation in access to and quality of care and support across England; looked at outcomes for people who are and aren’t able to access these and also considered ways to tackle the prevention of mental health problems. The views of people with mental health problems and their families and carers were vital to this, as were the views of NHS staff.

The report can be accessed here: https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Mental-Health-Taskforce-FYFV-final.pdf