Responding to the Liberal Democrats' election pledges for mental health, Sean Duggan, chief executive of the Mental Health Network, which is part of the NHS Confederation, said:
“The vast majority of NHS leaders agree that improving mental health care should be a priority for the next Government, so this focus from the Liberal Democrats is welcome.
"Workforce is the number one concern for NHS leaders and mental health services have been disproportionately affected by understaffing. The next government will need to investigate ways of making the mental health sector a more attractive place to work as well looking more creatively at how we staff services, including new roles such as the clinical associate psychologist positions being rolled out by Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
"It is promising to see all parties taking mental ill health seriously. Our members, who provide NHS mental health services, are doing everything they can to improve the experience of everyone needing support but it is clear there is a long way to go before everyone who needs help can access it in the most appropriate place at the most appropriate time. It is only with this greater focus, alongside determined and collaborative action and investment that we can deliver the improvements we need to."
NOTES TO EDITORS
More than four in five NHS leaders surveyed by the NHS Confederation ahead of the General Election agreed that improving care for people with mental health issues should be a priority for the next Government. Read the report