This briefing paper, publsihed by The King’s Fund, asserts that there is scope for mental health services not only to improve their own productivity but also to support productivity improvements in other parts of the NHS.
It suggests that there are real opportunities to change the way mental health services are delivered in order to achieve more within existing budgets.
The paper focuses on four main areas:
- immediate priorities for improving productivity in existing mental health services
- what mental health services can offer to improve productivity in the NHS as a whole
- the economic benefits beyond the NHS of improved mental health care
- the longer-term challenge of building a preventive and empowering mental health system.