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Survey of mental health workforce finds many services compromised by staff vacancies

21 March 2018

Almost three-quarters of mental health professionals questioned in a national survey say they do not believe the service in which they work has enough staff to operate safely and effectively.

That is one of the findings from the 2017 New Savoy Conference Workplace Wellbeing Survey, which is published today, Wednesday 21 March 2018.

The survey was completed by 1678 mental health professionals, most of whom work in the National Health Service, and conducted in conjunction with the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology.

One in three respondents say that their service had lost senior staff and that this had contributed to a loss of confidence.

Fewer professionals than in previous years report feelings of depression or failure, but those feelings remain present in over 40 per cent of respondents. Experiences of bullying and harassment and staff feeling under pressure to meet unrealistic targets are on the increase. 

Nicola Gale, President of the British Psychological Society, said:

“It is important for people using them that mental health services are properly funded and fully staffed, and that those staff have the right skills and experience. And high morale.

We are grateful to the New Savoy Conference for keeping these important issues in the public eye.”

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