Mark Menzies MP welcomes extra funding for 21,000 extra mental health workers

Mark Menzies MP has welcomed the announcement of 21,000 new mental health workers in England.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt revealed the plan to recruit the staff to properly integrate mental and physical health services.

Mr Menzies said: “I’m delighted we are investing an extra £1.3 billion with the aim of treating an extra one million people by 2021.

“This is one of the biggest expansions of mental health services across Europe.

“We will ensure people with mental health difficulties have access to services locally, taking pressure off our 999 services in the process.”

The Government knows it needs to do more to attract, retain and support the mental health workforce of the future and that is why it is investing the extra £1.3 billion .‎

Those already working in the sector will be supported to stay in the profession, and incentives will be given to those considering a career in mental health. Child and adolescent services will see 2,000 additional nurses, consultants and therapists, while 2,900 extra therapists and other health professionals will be involved in adult talking therapies.

Some 4,600 posts will be added in crisis care settings and encouraging some of the 4,000 psychiatrists and 30,000 trained mental health nurses not substantively employed by the NHS to return to the profession, will form a major part of the drive.

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