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Mental Health Services

Health written question – answered on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland Conservative, South Swindon

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) what steps he has taken to meet each of the six shared objectives contained in his Department's mental health outcomes strategy;

(2) what meetings he has had with ministerial colleagues on cross-Government steps to achieve each of the six shared objectives contained in his Department's mental health outcomes strategy.

Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow The Minister of State, Department of Health

There have been no formal meetings between the Secretary of State for Health, Mr Lansley, and Ministers in other Government Departments in relation to implementation of the mental health strategy.

Officials across all the relevant Government Departments meet regularly to co-ordinate activity and implementation of the strategy.

The strategy's objectives are designed to be seen together, building a coherent picture of better mental health outcomes, rather than being seen in isolation. Much of the work currently under way will help to meet the strategy's objectives as a whole. Examples include:

the recently-published ‘NHS Operating Framework for 2012-13’ which highlights mental health services and specifically ‘No health without Mental Health’ and makes it clear that this should be a priority for primary care trust commissioning; ensuring that mental health is reflected in the outcomes framework for the national health service, and in the outcomes framework for public health and the draft framework for adult social care; working, alongside the NHS Confederation and others, to support the implementation through the introduction of Payment by Results and improved outcome measures for mental health. work across Government to address the wider determinants of mental health.

We have established a ministerial advisory group for the mental health strategy to work in partnership to realise the strategy. This group includes senior representation from other Government Departments.

In October 2011, this group agreed proposals to develop an implementation framework for the strategy. This will be produced by a number of national mental health organisations, in partnership with the Government. The framework is due for publication in spring 2012.

The group receives regular updates on the wide range of work which contributes to meeting the objectives of the strategy. Meeting papers and minutes for this group are published on the Department's website:

www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_127788

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