The featured paper is ‘Mental Health Taskforce: An Introduction’ and freely available here. The mission statement for the taskforce contains many goals which are outlined within the article and which cover a number of areas including the treatment of people with mental health problems with dignity and also involving them in their care, respecting cultural and ethnic diversity, tackling discrimination, supporting carers, promoting positive mental health, making the best treatments available, responding promptly to need, focusing on safety and the necessary characteristics of the workforce including morale and skills.
The taskforce is described as one of 11 that have been established by the government to realise the objectives of the NHS Plan which in turn references the National Service Framework for Mental Health. Here the authors describe the three main goals of ‘different ways of working, ‘user-focused services’ and integrated services.
The authors then focus on commitments to the plan including 50 early intervention teams, 335 crisis resolution teams and a large number of other resources. The authors conclude by outlining how these objectives will be achieved by a number of project teams working in the five key areas identified in the National Service Framework.
The document identifies strategic objectives and combines this with a detailed outline of services which are being rolled out nationally and thereby gives the reader a useful overview of how policy will be translated into practice.
Steps To Treatment 1 (This is an outline of policy)
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