The Mental Health Workforce Plan: Maximising Potential across the Whole System

31 July 2017

Today the Government announced plans to recruit thousands more mental health workers in England. Paula Lavis, Strategic Lead for the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition commented: 

“The Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition welcomes the new ambitious workforce plan for England. It aims to ensure that 70,000 more children and young people are able to access evidence based interventions, with an increased focus on prevention and wellbeing, by 2020/21.

“Coalition members, who are from across the whole system, but especially represent the voluntary sector, will be integral to ensuring the plan becomes a reality. Maximising the potential of the third sector, alongside NHS staff, and giving a greater voice to those with lived experience of mental health problems.  In doing so we must ensure no children and young people are unintentionally excluded from increased support, for example children with learning disabilities who are at greater risk of developing mental health problems. We must also use this as an opportunity to ensure that there is capacity to better transition young people into adult mental health care at the appropriate time.”

"Whilst there are details on recruitment and retention of staff that need to be ironed out, we must grasp this opportunity to ensure that all children and young people receive the right treatment, in the right place at the right time."