NHS England has published its implementation strategy, which accompanies the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, and outlines how services will reach a million more people a year by 2020/21.
The implementation plan is a detailed route-map that the NHS and other statutory bodies will follow over the next five years and how the promised £1bn extra funding will be invested to improve mental health services.
Paul Farmer CBE, Chief Executive of Mind and independent chair of NHS England’s mental health taskforce, said:
“We welcome the publication of the implementation plan which sets out different agencies will work together to improve mental health services and how the additional funding will be invested. Resources will come from a combination of this extra investment and savings from all parts of the NHS, in recognition of the fact that if we get mental health services right, it eases pressure on other parts of the system.
“It is everyone’s job now to swiftly deliver this plan. As chair of the Advisory and Oversight Group I will be keeping a close eye on progress and helping to make sure that the services and government departments involved are on track. The implementation plan is a step in the right direction, but we cannot afford to become complacent. The job is just beginning and we must all play our part in making sure that everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets the help and support they need, when they need it.”
For more information, take a look at NHS England’s press release and the implementation strategy.