New NHS 'People plan'

The College has welcomed the new NHS Interim People Plan published this month.

We played a major part in helping to develop a vision for how NHS staff working in mental health will be supported to deliver the Long Term plan, which runs from 2020-2029.

Our President, Prof Wendy Burn said: “We welcome the NHS Interim People Plan and are pleased that our views were heard during the consultation that took place to create it.

“We know that difficulties in recruiting enough psychiatrists, mental health nurses and other members of mental health teams has had a major impact on patient care.

“We are pleased that this plan recognises that more must be done so that the NHS has the staff it needs, including the proposal to allow more people to study at medical school.

“We need to encourage more of these medical students to work in specialties like psychiatry where there are clear shortages.”

We will soon publish the findings of a project looking at what interventions at undergraduate level might have an impact on students choosing psychiatry as a career.

Wendy added: “It is also good that this review has some practical suggestions on how we can retain the great staff who already work in the NHS by supporting their wellbeing and mental health.

As ICSs take on greater responsibility for people planning and transformation activities, we will support our members who are clinical leaders in working with local decision makers to influence and engage with the implementation of the NHS Long Term Plan in their region.

At the national level, we look forward to working with Health Education England, NHS England and NHS Improvement on the development of the full NHS People Plan to be published following the next spending review.

We have published our summary of the NHS Interim People Plan.

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