Your report on the annual health check missed one vital fact: this is the second year running that NHS mental health trusts have been rated as one of the best-performing parts of the service.

For a sector of the health service that is often covered in the media when things go wrong, it is only fair to highlight the fact that, according to the official regulator, NHS mental health services provide some of the best care.

We are not complacent, we know that improvements must continue and we welcome further scrutiny. We will work with the Healthcare Commission to develop more effective indicators of outcomes for service users. The public should be reassured that mental health services are getting better year on year.

Lisa Rodrigues, Mental Health Network chair and chief executive, Sussex Partnership foundation trust