Mental health demand rising as number of staff falls

Extra funding is not reaching the frontline, poll suggests

Demand for mental health services is expected to increase this year but there are not enough staff to deliver these services, a poll shows. The survey of NHS mental health trust chairs and chief executives by NHS Providers found more than 70% expect demand to increase this year. However, fewer than one in three is confident they have enough staff to deliver existing services let alone extending or creating new services. In particular, trusts are struggling to recruit enough mental health nurses and psychiatrists. Excerpt from Health Insurance Daily, read the full article here.

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