The mental health strategy, system reforms and spending pressures: what do we know so far?
- CENTRE FOR MENTAL HEALTH, et al
- Centre for Mental Health
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The Government’s 2011 mental health strategy, ‘No Health Without Mental Health’, set out a vision for both improved mental health for all and better support for people with mental health problems. The aim of this study was to evaluate the delivery of this strategy. A brief questionnaire was sent to 24 national organisations to identify key themes from intelligence they had received to date from their members. This was followed up by either a face-to-face or phone interview with the 17 organisations that responded. The interview focussed on how delivery of the strategy was being influenced by pressures on public spending and the emerging reforms in health local government and other public services. This research paper summarises the main findings of that process and the implications of these findings for mental health policy and practice in England. The findings suggest that the strategy’s practical impact on service commissioning and provision has been limited; knowledge of the strategy among commissioners in particular is variable and there is little evidence that it is being used as a guide to local decision making.
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- mental health problems, mental health services, NHS, cutbacks, evaluation, government policy;
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