The NHS Long Term Plan

14 January 2019

What does it mean for mental health?

On 7 January 2019, NHS England published the NHS Long Term Plan, setting out a ten-year vision for health services in England. The Plan includes a wide range of very significant proposals relating to mental health services for people of all ages.

This briefing provides a summary of the key proposals relating to mental health and investigates the implications of the Plan as a whole for mental health. It explores what the establishment of Integrated Care Systems nationwide might mean for mental health services and how the Plan’s focus on prevention might change the way people with mental health difficulties are supported. It also looks at the importance of social care and public health, which are outside the scope of the Plan but essential for its successful implementation.

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