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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

National framework document

Tuesday, 24 July

As you probably know the Mental Health Strategy Implementation Framework for England is out today. I greatly welcome this framework, and in particular its strong emphasis on the need for mental health to be valued equally with physical health. You will note that in the document there is reference to the work I am doing for the Ministerial Advisory Group on Mental Health Strategy on parity of esteem between mental and physical health, so this is an area the College is very well positioned to influence.

We will need to work from this document across commissioning and measurement of outcomes. Many of the work streams that are going on across our Divisions, Faculties and Sections, and the rest of the College, are core to this. I would very much like to hear from members about how you will work with this new framework, either locally or within your specialty, and would welcome examples from those in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland as well.

I know it is holiday period, but this implementation framework is vitally important. It is the key document setting out how mental health services in England should be implemented. So please take a look at it, and tell me how it could work for you in your day-to-day clinical work, and how you can and/or do work with other agencies.

And please also think about how you can be local advocates for the document. Make sure your local MPs, Health and Wellbeing Boards and Clinical Commissioning Groups know you understand the document, can help them deliver it, and show them what you are doing as psychiatrists and leaders of mental health teams in your community.

I would like to be bombarded with responses from as many members as possible!


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