Campaign update: Protect the future of NHS staff mental health and wellbeing services
We're continuing to campaign for psychologically informed mental health support for NHS and social care staff
25 October 2023
Since the beginning of the year, through the #FundNHSHubs campaign, we've led calls on the government to provide a minimum of one year's ring-fenced funding for the NHS Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hubs, to enable them to continue to provide their vital services.
Hear from Dr Roman Raczka, BPS President Elect in the video below.
Here's what the campaign has achieved so far
- More than 1,000 BPS members and campaign supporters sent a letter to their MPs to highlight the need for funding for the wellbeing hubs.
- Our campaign secured £2.3m funding from NHS England for the remaining hubs for the rest of the year. While this is a drop in the ocean compared to the funding needed to support these vital services, it wouldn’t have happened without your support.
- 70 pieces of media coverage, including in The Independent, BBC Radio 4 Today programme, The Mirror, Health Service Journal, and a range of health and social care publications, and regional media.
- Hundreds of thousands of views and impressions on our social media channels, with public figures including Stephen Fry, Alastair Campbell, Adam Kay and TV GP Dr Hilary Jones voicing their support for the campaign.
- Key organisations have supported the campaign, including NHS Providers, Royal College of Physicians, Royal College of Psychiatrists, British Association for Social Workers, Association of Clinical Psychologists, and the Royal College of Nursing, to name just a few.
With integrated care systems now responsible for investing and planning staff mental health services, we are engaging with local health and care leaders to discuss how evidence-based, psychological solutions should be at the heart of the development of new services.
In December, we’ll publish a new report and host a webinar featuring insight and key learnings from the NHS Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hubs, to make sure best practice is central to future provision.
We’ll also continue to lobby the government and MPs to invest in staff mental health and wellbeing services, alongside integrated care systems.
Post a message of support on our digital wall
We’re asking you to post a message of support on our new digital wall.
Whether you want to share your own experiences of working in the NHS, of using hub services, or write a message of support for NHS and social care staff having access to the help they need, we want to hear from you.
It’s as quick and easy, and you can post anonymously, if you prefer.
You can also tweet your support for the campaign on X (formerly Twitter) – use the #FundNHSHubs hashtag and it will also appear on the digital wall.