London's Mental Health Workforce: A review of recent developments

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In 1997, The King's Fund Mental Health Inquiry raised concerns about London's mental health workforce. It described problems in recruiting and retaining staff and a lack of skills among primary care staff.

It also found high levels of organisational and job instability, and poor cross-agency working.

This paper revisits these issues to see what has changed. London's Mental Health Workforce finds some welcome changes but reports ongoing concerns in a number of areas including acute mental health wards, the quality of data available and provision for refugees and people in prison.

London's Mental Health Workforce is one of a series of papers produced as part of The King's Fund Mental Health Inquiry.