The independent Mental Health Taskforce (MHT) produced an overview of what modern mental health services should be for the NHS in England in February 2016. This report made recommendations for the six NHS arm’s length bodies to achieve parity of esteem between mental and physical health, recommendations where wider action was needed and focused on tackling inequalities.
The Government responded in January 2017, and accepted the taskforce’s 58 recommendations in full.
The Prime Minister announced additional plans to make progress in relation to children and young people, employment, access to services, and righting the injustices people with mental health problems face: “because if we are to tackle the issues that many with mental health problems face, we must look beyond the NHS to schools, our universities, our workplaces and in our communities – and look to prevent mental illness in the first place.”
NHS England’s response to their recommendations can be found in Implementing the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health.