Five Year Forward View for Mental Health

Chief Executive of CPFT, Aidan Thomas, responds to the publication for the Five Year Forward View For Mental Health report.

Five Year Forward View for Mental Health
15 February 2016

Following the publication for the Five Year Forward View For Mental Health report, Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT), Aidan Thomas, made the following comments:

“The Five Year Forward View For Mental Health report makes for stark reading and only emphasises how incredibly challenging it has become to continue to provide services for all those who require them.


“For many Trusts like ours, we can only help those who need it the most. The reality is that there are thousands of others who don’t get the support they require.
“We know that mental health problems affect one-in-four people and with an increasing population, we have seen the numbers of people requiring our help, from the very young to the elderly, continue to rise.

“However at the same time, we are forced to make huge cost-saving. It was around £5m in this financial year, and will be even more next year.
“While this has continued to place great strain on our teams and requires us to devise even more creative ways to provide services, there are positives.

“In September last year, we re-launched our Psychological Wellbeing Service. Those with depression, anxiety and burn-out can now directly refer themselves to the service, rather than go through their GP. By the end of January, we had already begun to treat more than 5,000 people.

“We are also working closely with our commissioners and other partners to improve crisis care and work towards ensuring that services are available 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week. Too many people in mental health crisis currently end up at A&E departments, which is often not the right place for them.

“We will continue to lobby at the very highest level to improve the care of patients who require our help.

“And while I welcome the Government’s pledge to increase funding by £1bn by 2020, there is a lot of work that will have to take place to turn round years of inequality and ensure services for mental health are on an equal footing to those of physical health.”

A copy of the report can be found here.

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