Mental health organisations welcomed the Government’s new road map to implementing its mental health strategy, and highlighted its intention for mental health to be valued equally with physical health.

In February 2011, the Government published No Health Without Mental Health, its cross-Government, all-age strategy for mental health in England. The implementation framework which underpins the strategy has been developed jointly by the DH, the Mental Health Network, Mind, Rethink Mental Illness, Turning Point, and Centre for Mental Health.  

The framework has three central aims.  

  • It sets out how progress will be monitored through outcomes, and how the range of outcome measures currently available will be built upon in future
  • It makes a series of recommendations for local and regional organisations to take forward
  • It details a series of national commitments to support implementation

The implementation framework makes recommendations for providers of NHS mental health services, clinical commissioning groups and primary care trust clusters, local authorities, commissioners and providers of public health services, health and well-being boards as well as non-health organisations such as the police and schools. Meanwhile it has been reported that fears over data quality have derailed plans to introduce a national payment by results tariff for adult mental health services from next year.