The NHS long term plan (LTP) builds on the commitments for mental health services set out in the five-year forward view for mental health (FYFVMH), emphasising collaboration and the use of digital innovations to deliver more personalised and streamlined care. The mental health implementation plan 2019/20-2023/24 provides a framework to support the delivery of these commitments locally, and sets out a combination of fixed, flexible and targeted approaches, with core national targets supported by flexibility for local systems to agree how best to deliver services.
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak, mental health has received a lot of attention but the focus has been largely on the mental health of NHS staff and care workers, and the impact of lockdown on the population’s mental health and wellbeing rather than on people with existing mental health problems.
The COVID-19 mental health and wellbeing recovery action plan was launched on 1 April 2021, this plan for 2021 to 2022 sets out the most ambitious cross-government, whole-person approach to date to promote good mental health and support people living with mental illness to recover and live well. NHS England and NHS Improvement remain fully committed to delivering the commitments set out in the Mental Health Implementation Plan by 2023 to 2024, and are taking steps to ensure these plans remain responsive to pressures we expect to emerge in the coming months and years.
To help ensure that progress can be sustained and that we continue to respond to the new pressures brought by the pandemic, in 2021 to 2022, these efforts will be backed by £500 million of additional investment from the government. This includes a £111 million investment in the training and education of the NHS mental health workforce in 2021 to 2022, to ensure we remain on track to deliver the NHS Long Term Plan and Mental Health Act reforms.
Following the success of our 3rd annual conference in September 2019, Govconnect are delighted to announce that Mental Health 2022 will take place on February 3rd at the Royal Society of Medicine, London.
"Mental Health 2019 held on 26 September at the Royal Society of Medicine was a superb conference delivered to the highest professional standard. The organisers were efficient and welcoming, and the venue was modern and technically well supported. An altogether positive experience."
Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive, Public Health England
Mental Health 2022 - 5YFV to LTP will give attendees the opportunity to engage with key personnel from delivery partners and national stakeholder organisations, providing an assessment of FYFVMH and LTP planning and delivery progress, addressing the 13 core areas of mental health services provision set out in the implementation plan, including child and adolescent mental health, maternal mental health services, the mental health of older people, and care for people with serious mental illness.
The conference will also build on collaboration during the pandemic across government departments, health and care organisations, local government, and voluntary, community and private sector organisations to prevent and mitigate some of the most pressing impacts of COVID-19 on the nation’s mental health and wellbeing and support people who are struggling.