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2017/18 NHS Mandate and mental health

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The Department of Health has published the NHS Mandate for 2017/18. This sets out the government’s objectives for NHS England, as well as its budget.

It builds on the previous multi-year mandate, which came into effect on 1 April 2016 and set long term objectives and goals to 2020, this updated mandate focuses on the same seven high-level objectives and sets out the main aims in each area for the financial year 2017 to 2018 to achieve the 2020 goals.

For mental health, the overall 2020 goals are:

  • To implement the Mental Health Five Year Forward View recommendations and ensure 1 million more people with mental health problems are accessing high quality care.
  • At least 70,000 more children and young people to access evidence based treatment

The confirmed 2017/18 deliverables within the Mental health, learning disabilities and autism section include the following:

2017/18 deliverables: 

  • Deliver the 2017-18 Mental Health Five Year Forward View Implementation Plan recommendations. 
  • Work with system partners to deliver the Mental Health Five Year Data Plan, the Mental Health Workforce Strategy, the Future in Mind recommendations, and support Government priorities and commitments to improving mental health for children and young people and prisoners and offenders in the community. 
  • Embed access and waiting time standards for mental health services for Early Intervention in Psychosis, Improving Access to Psychological Therapies and eating disorders. 
  • Develop and implement a 5 year improvement programme for crisis and acute mental health care, including investing in liaison psychiatry and crisis resolution and home treatment teams as part of seven-day services, as well as continuing to collaborate with partners to support the ongoing work to improve care for people detained under s.136 of the Mental Health Act, including provision of health based places of safety. 
  • Work with the Department of Health and NHS Digital to ensure robust data on acute out of area placements is collected, reporting is embedded and a baseline position is established during 2017-18. Plans should be agreed in 2017-18 to deliver year-on-year reductions to eliminate inappropriate acute out of area placements by 2020-21. 
  • Reduce reliance on inpatient care for children, young people and adults with a learning disability and/or autism who display behaviour that challenges to achieve a bed reduction of 35-50% by March 2019. 

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