Mental health chief executives surveyed for Barometer report high levels of confidence on recruitment of medical, nursing and therapy staff.

Mental health chief executives surveyed for Barometer report high levels of confidence on recruitment of medical, nursing and therapy staff.

Confidence is also up on recruiting early intervention teams, cleanliness and achieving foundation status by the end of 2007-08.

Confidence in commissioners has improved too, although the score is still low. This area has more variance in responses than any other, suggesting that there is little consistency among relationships between commissioners and providers.

Confidence in achieving financial balance is slightly down, as is achieving the care programme approach.

On one question, the lack of confidence in respondents is abundantly clear. When asked if they still believe mental health is one of the Department of Health's top three priorities, 95 per cent said no.