In train? An update on mental health nurse education

A stocktake on the mental health nurse workforce.
William Palmer, Emma Dodsworth, Lucina Rolewicz

16 May 2023

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Despite some steps towards closing the gap between mental and physical health services, many people still cannot access services or face long waits for treatment. Addressing workforce challenges in mental health services will be crucial to improving this situation.

This report, commissioned and supported by the NHS Confederation's Mental Health Network and written by the Nuffield Trust, looks at the single largest profession within the mental health workforce: nurses. It starts by outlining the scale of the mental health nursing workforce, and highlights trends in recruitment and retention.