We have been working closely with colleagues in the Department of Health, NHS England, Public Health England and local authorities to promote what ‘good mental health’ looks like and help partners train and shape the NHS workforce to deliver service change and improve outcomes for patients. Across the age groups and life stages, we deliver programmes that aim to create and nurture a workforce of sufficient capacity and skills to meet the on-going needs of patients.
All health professionals need to have an understanding of mental health conditions, so we have developed training programmes that will enable health and care employers to ensure that all staff have an awareness of mental health problems and how they may affect their patients. These programmes include an awareness of the links between patients’ mental and physical health and the impact of co-morbidity and the importance of work to health and health outcomes as well as the actions they can take to ensure that patients receive appropriate support.
We will work closely with our Arm’s Length Body partners to deliver this comprehensive programme and play our role in underpinning the plan with the right people and skills that patients demand.