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The NHS mandate and its implications for mental health

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The NHS mandate and its implications for mental health

This briefing examines what the NHS mandate means for mental health services and the people who use them.

It identifies areas for improvements in mental health services and argues that a stronger focus on mental health support can improve people's physical health. It also outlines key actions for NHS England and CCGs, including expanding IAPT [improving access to psychological therapies] services, addressing access and waiting times for mental health care and commissioning integrated support for people with co-existing physical and mental health conditions.