Public attitudes to mental health are changing and the government has prioritised the sector for investment with at least £2bn in additional spending pledged in the 2018 budget. Service improvements include better support for children and young people, new crisis services and support in accident and emergency departments. Longer term the NHS is looking at implementing more targets for service delivery bringing the sector into line with acute providers as part of the wider parity of esteem agenda. Read the latest mental health stories and stay in touch by signing up to our newsletters.
Providers of gender identity services say they are not adequately funded by NHS England, with thousands of patients being forced to wait more than two years to see a specialist.