APPG on Mental Health - Progress of the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health: On the road to parity
The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Mental Health report 'On the road to parity' shaped many of the recommendations in the NHS Long-Term Plan.
Following the APPG’s call to invest in core services such as community teams, the Long-Term Plan committed to test a four-week waiting time for community mental health teams. It also committed to make NHS 111 a single point of access for 24/7 crisis care for adults and children by 2023/24 after the APPG had recommended a model where 111 callers were redirected to 24/7 support and mental health crisis response for adults and children and young people.
What recommendations were made in On the road to parity?
The three most urgent recommendations of the report were:
- Prioritised and invested in core mental health services for adults severely affected by mental illness whose needs fall outside of specialist services
- Increased the mental health workforce taking into account population growth and rising demand
- Improved oversight and collective responsibility for mental health with a new Cabinet Office committee
More broadly, the report recommended:
- Additional resources for child and adolescent mental health services to support complex needs
- A national 24/7 NHS phoneline staffed by experienced psychological wellbeing coaches, mental health nurses and social workers to provide crisis response for adults and children
- Including service user experience of care in the NHS Mental Health Dashboard alongside clinical data
- A potential new career path for people with lived experience of mental illness to transition from peer work to other roles within a mental health team
- Increased provision of specialist mental health supported housing
- An uplift in social care funding so it has the necessary resources to act as an equal partner to health
- Holding commissioners to account on co-producing services with people with mental illness
What did the APPG on Mental Health inquiry look at?
The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health (FyFV-MH) is the Government’s plan to improve the nation’s mental health. The APPG on Mental Health ran an inquiry into the FyFV-MH to see what had gone well, what needed to be improved and what any strategy after 2020/21 should focus on.
Evidence to the inquiry
The APPG recieved over 70 written evidence submssions from service users, professionals and stakeholders including King's Fund, the CQC, YoungMinds and Autistica.
The inquiry also held two oral evidence sessions, a focus group with carers and service users and a visit to a mental health trust to meet frontline clinicians. See full list of evidence submisisons here.
Service user and carer involvement
The APPG held a meeting with with service users and cares to share their lived experience of the transformation areas of the FyFV-MH. Three MPs and two peers from the House of Lords attended this meeting.
The APPG also visited a community mental health service to speak with service managers, clinical staff and see areas of the FyFV-MH such as IAPT being implemented.
Promoting the report
Guardian, 'People in mental health crisis neglected by NHS, MPs warn'
HSJ, Mental Health Matters newsletter 'Mind the Gap'
BBC News 24, live interview to discuss report with Rethink Deputy CEO Brian Dow
Westminster Hall Debate, House of Commons, 30th October 2018
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