To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will hold discussions with mental health trust leaders on the effect of moving from an annual settlement to a system of awarding three year plans on the ability of trusts to (a) plan ahead and (b) recruit and train staff to address service gaps; and if he will make a statement.
17 June 2021
Under the NHS Long Term Plan, the National Health Service has a financial settlement in place for the five years to 2023/24, alongside a mental health investment standard. The NHS has set out a implementation plan for the expansion and transformation of mental health services, which provides greater certainty to commissioners and providers to make plans to deliver substantial service improvements and expand their workforce by 2023/24. The Department and NHS England and NHS Improvement continue to engage with mental health trust leaders as this work progresses.