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NHS Confederation - Mental Health Network response to Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman’s report

Sean Duggan, chief executive of the Mental Health Network, which is part of the NHS Confederation, responded to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman’s report Maintaining Momentum: driving improvements in mental health care 

“While the sector is aware of the need for improvement highlighted in the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman’s report, it is never easy to hear of serious failings in patient care.

“We are pleased the report acknowledges the many positive steps already being taken to improve patients’ experience. The findings show exactly why the many pieces of work the network has contributed to - such as the Children and Young People’s green paper, the independent review of the Mental Health Act and our campaigning around the Mental Health Investment Standard as part of the Mental Health Policy Group - are so vital and so timely. 

“Our members continue to provide strong leadership in the face of pressures, such as workforce and financial constraints – 16 chief executives of mental health trusts were named in this year’s HSJ Top CEOs list – an increase of 60% on 2017. They also continue to strive towards improvements in service delivery.” 

Notes to editors:

The NHS Confederation Mental Health Network (MHN) is the voice of mental health and learning disability service providers for the NHS in England. It represents providers from across the statutory, for-profit and voluntary sectors and over 90 per cent of all NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts in England delivering mental health services.

The NHS Confederation represents 85 per cent of NHS providers and commissioners. The organisation has nearly 500 members across health and social care, including hospitals, community and mental health providers, ambulance trusts and independent sector organisations providing NHS care. It is the only membership body to bring together and speak on behalf of the whole NHS.

Follow Sean Duggan on Twitter @SeanDugganMHN. Or follow the Mental Health Network @NHSConfed_MHN or the NHS Confederation press office @NHSConfed_Press.

A full list of Mental Health Network press releases and statements can be accessed at its media centre.

For media queries, contact Neil Durham (Media and Communications Manager - 020 7799 8671 / neil.durham@nhsconfed.org) or Jim Palmer (Senior Media Officer - 020 7799 8664 / Jim.palmer@nhsconfed.org). For out-of-hours media enquiries, please call the Duty Press Officer on 07880 500 726.

Original article link: http://www.nhsconfed.org/media-centre/2018/03/mental-health-network-response-to-parliamentary-and-health-service-ombudsman-report

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