Mental Health Services: Staff

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 16th December 2021.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to develop workforce requirements for mental health services as of his workforce plan.

Photo of Gillian Keegan Gillian Keegan Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The NHS Long Term Plan commits to the expansion of the National Health Service workforce, with the aim of achieving an additional 27,000 mental health posts by 2023/24. Health Education England (HEE) is supporting this ambition through the development and training of the mental health workforce. HEE commissioned approximately 6,000 training places in 2020/21, with a further 9,000 people being trained in 2021/22.

In July 2021, the Department commissioned HEE to review long term strategic trends for the health and regulated social care workforce to ensure we have the right numbers of staff, skills, values and behaviours to deliver world-leading services and continued high standards of care.

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