BAROMETER

Published: 24/02/2005, Volume II5, No. 5944 Page 25

Mental health trust chief executives are very confident about their recruitment targets - and two-thirds are optimistic about achieving financial balance, according to the new Barometer survey.

However, only 10 per cent put their chances of getting foundation status in the next two years above 5 out of 10.

Meanwhile, bed occupancy and admission rates remain high - the number of trusts with an occupancy rate of over 100 per cent is increasing.

The Barometer survey is based on a panel of 30 mental health trust chief executives and is carried out every two months. The confidential panel is asked to give a score of one 1 to 10 against a range of key indicators (1 = no confidence and 10 = total confidence).

The figures on this page show headline results for the end of January while the graphs indicate some of the main trends using previous surveys.

The next mental health Barometer will be published on 28 April.

CONFIDENCE SCORES OUT OF 10

Recruitment of early intervention teams 7.90

Recruitment of crisis resolution teams 8.95

Mental health minimum data set implementation 6.95

Hospital cleanliness national standard 8.15

'Care programme approach' national standard 7.30

Achieving financial balance by the end of the year 7.60

Quality and cost effectiveness of clinical interventions 6.60

Your commissioners' understanding of mental health 4.80

Achieving foundation status by the end of 2006-07 2.55

STAFFING LEVELS (SCORES OUT OF 10)

More than half of trusts were extremely confident (8 or above) about medical staffing numbers - double that for therapists

Medical staff 7.35

Nursing staff 6.90

Therapy staff 6.05