Recent polls reveal outlook on mental health services during England’s NHS Five Year Forward View

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7th July 2017 15:41 - Health

Recent polls reveal outlook on mental health services during England’s NHS Five Year Forward View

Recent polls reveal outlook on mental health services during England’s NHS Five Year Forward View: Today, BBC news have revealed that mental health services are at the risk of being over-run, due to staff shortages and an increasing demand of support from emergency services and fairness of Government funding.

Despite introductions and amendments of mental health strategies implemented by the Government over the last 50 years, an increase in mental health diagnostics have put a strain on mental health services; further impacting the emergency health sector in more severe cases.

In 2016, a number of surveys revealed that one in six people in England experience a common mental health problem in any given week; these include anxiety and depression. However, 20.6 out of 100 experience suicidal thoughts; with 6.7 attempting to take their own life.

Additionally, ambulance services have received 275,000 calls with regards to mental health incidents; that's 39,000 higher than 2015.

Despite this, a growing number of people who are undiagnosed experience physical symptoms that point towards underlying mental health problems; also known as hidden anxiety – another growing issue that the NHS aim to tackle.  

The recent NHS Five Year Forward View aims to tackle the strain on the mental health sector through the following objectives:

  • Commissioning for prevention and quality care
  • Delivering good quality care around the week
  • Innovations and research to drive change
  • Strengthening the workforce
  • Transparency of the sector
  • Financial fairness
  • Regulation and inspection

However, a poll carried out by the NHS Providers reveals that: over 90% of providers and 60% of commissioners were not confident that the £1 billion additional investment recommended by the mental health taskforce and supported by NHS England, will be sufficient to meet the challenges faced by mental health services.”

Yet recently, the NHS have seen more transparency with regards to the care sector and better clinical outcomes for mental health treatments, with 120,000 more people receiving specialist services. Nonetheless, the mental health sector still remains as top priority to accelerate improvements to their services.

Key improvements for the next upcoming years are as followed: an increase in psychological therapies, improved care with an additional focus for mothers, children and young people and more specialist mental health care in A&E departments.  

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