'We call on the next Welsh Government to ensure parity between Physical and Mental Health Services.'

We would like:
Information is power and data transparency is a hugely important driver in health care improvement. The Welsh Government should not only seek to provide the data but provide the minimum tools needed to interpret it, too. Stats Wales opens the door for NHS data to be used by the public and third sector organisations such as the College to learn, collaborate and  to drive service quality.
The Welsh NHS publishes a range of data at present, and there are plans for more data relating to mental health to be published in the future. As the professional medical body supporting psychiatrists and setting standards in psychiatry, the data that the Welsh NHS publishes is integral to our decision making and policy development which feeds back into services. Therefore, we would like psychiatrists to have input into what data is collected, so that the data is useful for service development. 
We share a view with the NHS National Collaborative Commissioning Unit of the importance of developing appropriate key performance indicators (KPIs) for a psychiatric service that is both consistent and complimentary of regulatory frameworks, the CCQI standards and quaity improvement opportunities. We are in initial and positive discussion over this work. 



The College has also identified a number of projects and ideas that we would like the Welsh Government to consider in the context of mental health, as well as including here some recommendations as to how the Welsh Government could apply them.

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