Rethink Mental Illness Media Team
Rethink Mental Illness responds to the new NHS mental health workforce plan.
Danielle Hamm, Associate Director of Campaigns and Policy at Rethink Mental Illness said,
“Chronic understaffing means that mental health services in England too often struggle to meet rising demand. In many areas, there simply aren’t enough properly trained staff to deliver high quality, safe care.
“There are many excellent, committed professionals working in mental health, but frontline staff are under increasing pressure. Workplace stress is on the increase and fewer people are choosing mental health as a career. 1 in 4 people who use mental health services say they experience stigma and discrimination within those services, addressing this stigma need to go hand in hand with workforce well being.”
“Today's announcement is a welcome step towards plugging these gaps, particularly the commitment to ensuring mental health staff have the skills to treat the whole person. However, there is no quick fix and this is not new money. Detailed planning and further long term investment are now needed to develop a highly skilled, well supported workforce fit for the future.”
"Our mental health services desperately need investment in the workforce. And people with mental illness need to be confident that the right support will be there when they need it.”