Mental health network

The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health


15 / 02 / 2016

Formed in March 2015, the Mental Health Taskforce brought together health and care leaders, people using services and experts in the field to create a mental health Five Year Forward View for the NHS in England.

The report, published in February 2016, sets out a vision for improving the mental health of children, young people, working-age adults and older people. In addition to recommendations focused on the NHS and associated arm‘s-length bodies (ALBs), the final report also makes a series of wider recommendations aimed more broadly at government and wider partners, including local government.

For the NHS, the taskforce sets out a number of priority areas for action. People facing a crisis should have access to mental health care seven days a week and 24 hours a day, in the same way that they are able to get access to urgent physical health care. The report identifies the need to invest an additional £1 billion in 2020/21, which will generate significant savings. It builds on the £280 million investment each year already committed to drive improvements in children and young people’s mental health, and perinatal care.

This briefing summarises key points from the report for Mental Health Network members.

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