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Older person's mental health

We are working to develop a competency and career framework that supports health care staff in following a rewarding career with opportunities for progression.

There are 10 million older people in England and the number is growing rapidly. The assessment and management of mental health problems in this age group requires bespoke competencies not always available in general adult psychiatric services.

As part of Stepping Forward to 2020/21: Mental Health Workforce Plan for England, published in July 2017, we are committed to supporting the development of staff working in this growing specialism by ensuring a competent and skilled workforce is in place to deliver on the Five Year Forward View, including the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health.

The aim of the framework is to support the delivery of excellent services across disciplines which are directly or indirectly involved in older people’s mental health. We want to ensure that the workforce of today and tomorrow has the right numbers, skills, values and behaviours at the right time and place. The framework will be available in due course.