The Government has pledged to open 21,000 more posts in the mental health sector, in order to cope with the growing demand for staff.
The Telegraph reports that around 2,000 new staff will be comprised of nurses and therapists – mainly dedicated to adolescent patients – whilst 3,000 new roles will be created to help treat depression.
“We want people with mental health conditions to receive better treatment, and part of that means having the right NHS staff,” said Hunt. “We know we need to do much more to attract, retain and support the mental health workforce of the future. Today is the first step to address this historic imbalance in workforce planning.”
And it seems as if these changes can’t come quick enough. Stressed out nurses and midwives are leaving their posts in droves, as recent figures highlight mounting pressures leading to workplace issues.
The recent report from the Nursing and Midwifery Council shows that the number of staff leaving the NHS has risen by 51% in just four years. Furthermore, 20% more nurses and midwives quit than joined the NHS between 2016 and 2017. In 2016, 1,783 left – this was followed by 3,264 in April and May of 2017.
HR is no stranger to the importance of looking after mental wellbeing. Earlier this year, we reported on a CEO who had the ideal response when one of his employees requested time off to deal with her mental health.