Mental Health Watch

Our top indicators

Welcome to Mental Health Watch

Mental Health Watch will keep you in touch with how well the mental health system in England is performing. Produced by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, it will help you track and analyse trends, and inform you about what the data is saying. Read more about this site.

Spotlight on: Mental health spend per head and adjusting for need

In the first of a series of articles about how we interpret and use the data, this ‘Spotlight on’ briefing considers how adjusting for the needs of local populations gives us a different perspective on spending per head for mental health services across the country.

Read the 'Spotlight on' in full. 


Policy Summary

While the Government’s ambitions for mental health set out in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health and in the NHS Long Term Plan are commendable, what is most important is ensuring that the reality matched the rhetoric. Need for services must continue to translate into money for services, improved access and quality care.

Mental Health Watch is a vital tool for holding the Government to account on this. This summary examines a selection of the indicators tracked by Mental Health Watch in a bit more detail and unpacks their relevance to the wider mental health sector.

Read the Policy summary in full.

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