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Mental Health: Forward Thinking – The Implementation Plan


A major transformation programme for mental health is underway, an unprecedented and decisive step towards closing the treatment gap for mental health. The roadmap for change ‘Implementing the Five Year Forward View’ sets out how services will help reach a million more people a year by 2020/21. So how do we make the plans a reality?

“Implementing this plan will benefit people of all ages… As such, our aim to improve mental health and wellbeing cannot solely be achieved by the NHS, but must be delivered in partnership with other local organisations including local government, housing, education, employment and the voluntary sector.” Claire Murdoch, National Mental Health Director, NHS England; Foreword to ‘Implementing the Five Year Forward View (July 2016)

Published in the summer 2016 the document outlines how and when independent recommendations to improve care and services will be implemented on the ground. The report includes new funding, rising to £1bn a year, and details how workforce requirements will be delivered in priority areas, how access to services can be improved and data and payment levers will support transparency. The plan commits to improving access to high-quality care, delivering more integrated services and earlier interventions in a short timescale. National action, across a range of services, is required to put the plans into practice and ensure a long neglected part of the care system is overhauled, expanded and improved upon.

The fourth annual Mental Health conference will support NHS staff, organisations and other parts of the system in delivering the changes required to improve mental health care for all. The agenda will examine how to practically implement key recommendations and priorities, detail real life examples of new models of care and provide insightful progress on the local and national service improvements that are driving better outcomes.

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Ground-breaking podcast series launched

This post first appeared on the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families site on August 14, 2016.

We’ve just launched a series of expert podcasts to help parents understand and manage child and family mental health problems.

The series, Child in Mind, is presented by BBC Radio 4 presenter Claudia Hammond. In each 20-minute episode, she discusses an important issue in child and family mental health with an expert and a young person or parent.

The first episode, which focuses on childhood anxiety, is now available on our iTunes podcast channel (click subscribe to listen) and our Soundcloud account. It features Professor of Developmental Clinical Psychology Cathy Creswell from the University of Reading, and Beckie, whose 10 year old son Luke’s anxiety caused severe difficulties in her family’s life.


Women and Pay in the UK

Long gone are the days of the suffragettes fighting for basic women’s rights and Emmeline Pankhurst would no doubt be delighted to see just how far women have come. But perhaps she would be a little disappointed to discover women still lag behind men when it comes to equal pay.

According to the Level Pay Field Report from Randstad, fewer women have asked for a pay rise than men in the last three years, and they are less likely to ask for a pay rise than men.

A survey of 2,000 working adults across a wide range of sectors, found around a fifth of women had asked for an increase in earnings in the last five years compared to a third of men.

On average women had had two pay rises in three years while men had secured three, and nearly half of all women asked thought men had a better chance of securing a pay increase. Another 28% of respondents felt men got more respect when promoted. (more…)

Symposium on Disability and the Sustainable Development Goals

DW-UKThe speech below was first posted here on Medium. It was given by Liz Ditchburn, Director of Policy Division for the Department for International Development (DFID) during the first day of the 2016 International Symposium Disability in the Sustainable Development Goals. The theme for this symposium was: Forming Alliances and Building Evidence for the 2030 Agenda.

Speech as delivered:

“Much of what Catalina said I would like to give my own take on. I was very privileged to be in the UN General Assembly when the gavel came down on the Global Goals. This is going to be something which I hold in my heart for the rest of my life.

There are a few things about this set of Global Goals that really set them apart from their predecessors. They genuinely integrate all of the issues that we think are important for development. We finally have this integrated set of Global Goals which include everyone. (more…)

News from across the pond

DW UK-01As we mentioned late last year every couple of weeks we will post a roundup of health news from across the pond. Enjoy!

According to estimates more than two-fifths of UK health spending is spent on people over 65. With the increase in the nation’s aging demographic this is likely to grow. The data shows that an 85-year-old man costs the NHS about seven times more on average than a man in his late 30s. For more on this read The Guardian’s coverage here.

To reduce the risk of miscarriage pregnant women in the UK will get a safer and more accurate test for Down’s syndrome on the NHS. (more…)