Mental Health Watch

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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.

Policy Summary

Mental Health Watch was launched as a tool to hold Government to account on the delivery of the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health and NHS Long Term Plan. In the context of the pandemic, it offers a helpful snapshot of how services are responding to unprecedented demand.   

The most recent Mental Health Watch update summarises data up until the end of the 2021 calendar year, and in some cases into 2022. While poor reporting continues to present a real challenge across several indicators, the data gives an initial insight into the impact of the Omicron wave on services.   

Read the Policy summary in full.

Spotlight on: Urgent eating disorders for children and young people

In the third of a series of articles about how we interpret and use the data, this ‘Spotlight on’ briefing considers how the performance against the waiting time target for urgent cases of eating disorders among children and young people has declined significantly at a time of substantial demand growth.

Read the 'Spotlight on' briefing in full.

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