Claire Murdoch, The NHS Senior Responsible Officer for Mental Health, has invited West Hampshire CCG as a mental health stakeholder to inform the long term plan about the development of mental health services.
In the introduction to this request she celebrates the progress that has been made, but acknowledges making parity between mental and physical health a reality will take time. The NHS goal post 2021 is to deliver world-class mental health care, which will mean going even further to improve access to high-quality care for our mental health needs, integrate services and focus on improving the outcomes for everyone who uses NHS services.
Clare has identified three key questions about the challenges of improving outcomes for all of our Mental Health needs. As a stakeholder we are also invited to consider and respond on a further 8 questions. The consultation is linked to a five year funding settlement as part of the 10 year long term plan.
I would urge you to take the time to respond to all of the questions and at the very least, to the first three questions. Your views will closely inform our local response to Clare Murdoch.