11 October 2019
The British Psychological Society welcomes the announcement of a new NHS independent taskforce to improve specialist children and young people’s inpatient mental health, autism and learning disability services in England.
Sarb Bajwa, chief executive of the BPS, said:
“There has been far too many recent reports of children and young people with mental health problems, autism and learning disabilities being kept at locations miles outside of their local area away from their family, friends and community or which have not been providing care that is simply below par.
We welcome the announcement of a taskforce to look at these issues, and also the formation of an independent oversight board to hold NHS officials to account on behalf of patients.
We are especially pleased to see a commitment to rapid improvements in care within six months and psychologists will have a vital role to play in delivering this.
Mental health is front page news this week, and we need to make sure that we harness the increased goodwill and awareness which comes from World Mental Health Day to improve, prevention, early intervention, primary and secondary care the services for the most vulnerable in society.”