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Mental Health

Our role is to help our health and care partners train and shape the NHS workforce to improve mental health services and care for patients and services users.

One in four adults and one in 10 children experience mental illness, and many more of us know and care for people who do.  All health professionals need to have an understanding of mental health conditions. We have developed training programmes that enable health and care employers to ensure staff have an awareness of mental health problems and how they may affect their patients and service users.

Delivery areas

Our key delivery areas across mental health at HEE include:

Further information and resources:

The HEE  Mental Health, Learning and Autism programmes are designed to help our healthcare partners train and shape the NHS workforce to improve services and care for patients and users. You can now keep up to date with our work and receive regular newsletters. The newsletter updates will include:

- latest published and forthcoming reports

- consultations, forums, meetings, networks

- online and face to face events

- reference groups of forums developing mental health learning

- latest news, features, and stories

- education, training and learning development opportunities

To receive these updates, subscribe to the mental health, learning disability and autism stakeholder contact list. You can also view our privacy policy.

Recent newsletters:

- June 2022

May 2022

- March 2022

February 2022

October 2021

- September 2021

December 2020


NHS Long Term Plan

The NHS Long Term Plan makes a renewed commitment to improve and widen access to care for children and adults needing mental health support by 2023/24. The NHS Long Term Plan will deliver the fastest expansion in mental health services in the NHS’s history, with thousands more adults being able to access talking therapies for common disorders and better support being offered to children and young people.

Mental Health Workforce Plan

Stepping Forward to 2020/21: Mental Health Workforce Plan for England, sets out a high level road map and reflects the additional staff required to deliver the transformation set out in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health. The plan was developed by HEE together with its NHS partners, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and other experts in the field of mental health services. 

For general enquires about any of the information or work discussed on this page, email the national mental health team: mentalhealth@hee.nhs.uk 

For all parliamentary enquiries, contact parliamentary@hee.nhs.uk

For all media and press enquiries, contact pressoffice@hee.nhs.uk 

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