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

Mental Health Taskforce and strategy

What is the Mental Health Taskforce?

The Mental Health Taskforce was set up by NHS England in March 2015 to produce a new five-year, all age national strategy for mental health in England.

The strategy the taskforce produced is aligned to the NHS’s Five Year Forward View, a vision for an improved NHS.


Who have been involved?

The approach used by the Taskforce has been one of co-production, involving people with lived experience of mental health problems, carers, professionals, providers, voluntary organisations and the component parts of the NHS throughout the process.

The College’s Policy Unit worked closely with all Faculties and Sections of the College to ensure that the views of people working across all psychiatric specialties were included.


The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health

The Taskforce developed a Five Year View for Mental Health, which makes recommendations to transform the mental health landscape by 2020.



The implications - at a glance

To deliver The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, commissioning bodies will need to make sure that funding is in place to support mental health services locally and nationally.

We’ve created infographics to help you see at a glance the Objectives and targets of the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, the local and national funding needed, and the workforce implications.

Click on the thumbnails below to see the full graphics.


Objectives and targets

Local funding needed

Objectives and Targets Local Funding



National funding needed



Workforce implications

National Funding Workforce Implications


How the government has responded

In February 2017, the government published its response to the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health.

The Government’s decision to accept all the recommendations of the Five Year Forward View, along with the Prime Minister’s announcement of a forthcoming Green Paper on children’s mental health, was welcomed by the college.


The Commission on Adult Acute Psychiatric Care report, ‘Old Problems, New solutions’

The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health and the report from the Commission on Adult Acute Psychiatric Care (CAAPC), also published in February 2016, complement each other.

For example, both call for

  • the elimination of out-of-area placements (OAPs) due to local bed pressures
  • a review of standards and access to acute psychiatric care
  • further investment in Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment teams and
  • the introduction of a Patient and Race Equality Standard. Together, the reports make the unarguable case for transforming acute mental health care in England

Further information on the Commission can be found on this website:


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