The future of the mental health workforce | The Centre for Mental Health
This report is based on insights from service users, carers and professionals and outlines a list of recommendations for a sustainable mental health workforce.
It emphasises the importance of prevention, including the role of GPs in supporting people before they reach crisis point. It describes commissioning of mental health services as in “crisis” with a “shrinking workforce, growing expectations and exhausting demands” putting pressure on staff across the country.
The report makes 22 recommendations for policy, practice, education and training, highlighting 4 key calls to action:
- For mental health careers to be promoted in schools and colleges: to build on growing awareness and understanding about mental health to encourage young people to aspire to work in the sector when they’re considering their career choices
- For all mental health service providers to support the mental health and wellbeing of their staff: to become ‘compassionate organisations’ that care for the people who work in them
- For mental health workers to get training in the skills they will need in the future, including in coproduction, community engagement and psychological interventions
- For people to be able to build their careers more flexibly, working in a range of different settings and sectors, and taking on new roles as they get older
Download the full report: The future of the mental health workforce