A core element to ensure successful delivery of the plan is growth in workforce across the Mental Health services included in the plan. The Mental Health Implementation Plan estimates that an additional 27,000 staff are required to deliver the Long Term Plan ambitions. This is in addition to the workforce growth needed to deliver the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health as set out in Stepping Forward. In line with the process outlined in the Interim NHS People Plan, local systems have been asked to develop local people plans, which will be aggregated to build a more detailed national picture of workforce demand and supply by skill sets. The indicative numbers provided in the Mental Health Implementation Plan are to inform this local planning and the more detailed national picture to come.
In addition to the high-level eWorkforce data collection that was already commissioned 2019/20, to support workforce planning across all areas of the NHS Long Term Plan, it was agreed that a bespoke Mental Health workforce collection would be developed to support the development of robust 5 year Mental Health operational plans and future Mental Health workforce planning.
All NHS Mental Health Provider Trusts were required to submit projected funded establishment for each service area up to March 2024. This NHS Mental Health workforce collection focused on NHS Mental Health Provider Trusts only and supported high-level triangulation of the operational Mental Health Plans by the deadline of 15th November 2019. This was however only the beginning of a more comprehensive workforce planning process in 2019/20 - following the completion of this collection in November, HEE and NHS England & Improvement will continue to work with STPs to get a more complete picture of workforce plans across the NHS and non-NHS sector. This more comprehensive exercise will lead to the refresh of the current STP-level Mental Health workforce plans, based on Stepping Forward, so these reflect the Long Term Plan ambition.
Work is currently underway to discuss data collection activity in 20/21. Efforts will be made to minimise the burden on providers during the COVID pandemic and as such data collection activity may be minimised until 2021/22.
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Additional information about funding, access and workforce data at STP level is available through NHS England & Improvement Regional team. For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org