More Nurses Needed to Support Mental Health Overhaul
Last week Theresa May announced new measures that were being put in place for mental health services. This overhaul included mental health first aid training for secondary school teachers and an extra £15m for community care services.
The Royal College of Nursing spoke out about the planned overhaul, and said that the real necessity for mental health services will rely on addressing the NHS staffing problems in order to ensure that all patients are getting the necessary care that they need.
The Royal College of Nursing Chief Executive & General Secretary Janet Davies said, "The Prime Minister is right to draw attention to mental health – for far too long this area has not been regarded as important as physical health.”
She then went on to say that the problem can only be resolved if there are more nurses, as there are 24,000 nursing posts currently vacant, so the situation is only going to get worse unless the government get rid of the pay cap and bring back student funding.
“If the Government wants to improve child mental health, there needs to be significant investment in school nurses and health visitors. Since 2010, the number of school nurses has dropped by 10% and over 4,000 new health visitor roles have been cut.”
Plans for children and young people’s mental health will be published in a new green paper later this year.