Mental Health Taskforce and strategy
Read our briefing on the findings of the independent Mental
Health Taskforce and the implications for psychiatrists and the
wider NHS workforce
The Mental Health Taskforce, launched in March 2015, has been
responsible for creating and publishing a new five-year, all-age
national strategy for mental health to 2020, aligned to the
Five Year Forward View (link opens in new window).
Prof Sir Simon Wessely, President of RCPsych and Dr Adrian
James, Registrar, with the support of the Policy Unit, have played
a pivotal role in its development, working alongside the Chair,
Paul Farmer, Co-chair, Jacqui Dyer and other members of the
The approach used by the Taskforce has been one of
co-production, involving people with lived experience of mental
health problems, carers, professionals, providers, voluntary
organisations and the component parts of the NHS throughout the
process. The Policy Unit worked closely with all Faculties and
Sections of the College to ensure that the views of people working
across all psychiatric specialties were incorporated.
We welcome the publication of the
final report, which marks the first time a shared national
ambition for mental health in the NHS has been set for the
arm’s-length bodies, across the life course. The findings will have
implications for service users, carers and families as well as the
NHS workforce, NHS providers and commissioners.
Furthermore, the NHS in England has committed to the biggest
transformation of mental health care across the NHS in a
generation, pledging to help more than a million extra
people and investing more than a billion pounds a year by
2020/21. This investment is in addition to the previously
announced new funding for children, young people and perinatal
mental health care.
NHS England have published,
Implementing the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, a
report outlining how new funding, pledged in response to the
Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, will be made
available for CCGs year on year. The report also shows how the
workforce requirements will be delivered in each priority area as
well as outlining the way in which data, payment and other system
levers will support transparency.
The RCPsych will play its part in making these outcomes a
reality through our policy and public affairs efforts, as well as
through other projects relevant to the delivery of the Five Year
Forward View. This includes, but not limited to, our work on the
New Care Models programme.