Emergency pilots welcomed

The College has welcomed new rapid care plans but cautioned the NHS must make sure we have the workforce to deliver them.

People who arrive at A&E experiencing a mental health crisis will receive emergency care within one hour under NHS pilot schemes aimed at improving care and saving more lives.

The introduction of a new target, a significant step towards parity of esteem for mental health, is among a raft of proposed clinical improvements that aim to deliver rapid assessment and treatment for patients with the most serious conditions, and expand short waits for millions more NHS patients.

The College's President Wendy Burn said: "We welcome these new targets and the focus they will bring to helping improve mental health services.

"We support the proposal to pilot these targets to make sure they are working as intended.

"We believe the targets will help attract more funding into mental health care, which can only be a good thing after decades of under-investment.

"But to meet them we need the workforce to do so – this must remain a priority."

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