NHS staff should be able to jump the queue to access mental health support, health secretary proposes

20 February 2019 – Independent

Mental health and wellbeing support for NHS staff: Government pledges overhaul
20 February 2019 – Gov.uk

New proposals backed by the Health Secretary, means that doctors, nurses and other frontline NHS staff will be allowed to jump long queues to access mental health treatment ahead of the general public.

Matt Hancock pledged “immediate access” to mental health support for NHS staff and will set out his priorities from a new report. This includes “fast-tracked mental health referrals for NHS employees” if they’re identified as a priority by a GP or an occupational health clinician.

The recommendations come from a report by the Health Education England NHS Staff and Learners’ Mental Wellbeing Commission, set up by former Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, last year.

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Ed. Shame this didn’t apply for the East of England Ambulance Services! (see Editorial).

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