The future of the mental health workforce

DURCAN Graham, et al
Centre for Mental Health
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This report explores the changes needed to develop a mental health workforce that is able to meet people’s needs in the future. It presents key findings from review of current policy and a consultation with 100 people with personal and professional experience of mental health services. The findings focus on three areas of workforce development and planning: recruitment, retention, training and skills; structure and roles of the workforce; and the culture of the workforce. The report includes short case studies of innovative services, including - Pause, a drop-in mental health and wellbeing service for children and young people and Project Future a co-produced youth-led wellbeing project. The report makes 22 recommendations for policy, practice, education and training, in order to create a workforce for the future. These include specific training opportunities for mental health commissioning; and for service providers to develop professional and voluntary opportunities for those with lived experience. (Edited publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
mental health services, NHS, mental health care, staff, training, professional role, recruitment, mental health professionals, planning, service development, skills, policy;
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United Kingdom
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