Mental health trusts call for guaranteed representation on ICS NHS boards

Chairs of 29 mental health trusts have co-signed a letter to the Secretary of State calling for representation on ICS boards to be mandated.

1 April 2021

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Key points

Not having mental health representation on boards would:

  • be a backward step for the parity of esteem for people who use mental health services
  • pose the risk of distorting the distribution of resources for mental health care providers
  • risk setting back the progress of mental health organisations working with third and independent sector partners, who will have a vital role in supporting recovery post pandemic.
  • Mental health trusts are calling for guaranteed mental health representation on ICS NHS boards.