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The future of the mental health workforce

11 / 05 / 2017

Over the last few decades, mental health services have experienced great change in the way that they are designed and delivered. More recent national developments, including The Five Year Forward View and the report of the Mental Health Taskforce, emphasise the need to adopt new models of care, to meet rising demand, and to better integrate the way care is delivered to a population with complex physical and mental health needs. However, resources are limited and workforce development takes time to achieve.

This ongoing project explores, given this context, what the future mental health workforce should look like over the medium to long term (beyond the next five to ten years).

This first discussion paper presents data on the current picture of the workforce and emerging findings from the research to identify the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the mental health workforce.

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