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
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
Click on the thumbnails below to see the full graphics.
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
- a review of standards and access to acute psychiatric care
- further investment in Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment
- 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