Strategy development

This page highlights the importance of developing an effective workforce strategy that supports better physical health care for people with serious mental illness. 

Recommended actions to take

  • Develop a workforce strategy that includes the full breadth of the workforce. Outline innovative and inclusive approaches that optimise a range of methods. These methods include awareness raising campaigns, inter-professional training, greater use of self-management tools and cross-sector skills sharing.
  • Support the development of a shift in culture and capacity to meet the needs of those living with serious mental illness (SMI). Consider leadership, governance, workforce planning and training.

Tools to help you

Stepping forward to 2020/21: The mental health workforce plan for England. This Health Education England document identifies a national workforce model as a framework to support local workforce plans. It highlights the need for additional staff required to deliver the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health.

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