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.
Acute trusts are expected to be told they cannot keep mental health patients who are waiting for a bed or assessment within their accident and emergency department, HSJ understands.