A new report has shown Chrysalis Not For Profit that the UK public has a negative opinion of NHS mental health care.

Public opinion of NHS

A new report from the Ipsos Mori Social Research Institute shows that the UK public has an overall positive opinion of the NHS. 79% of 1,000 people questioned said that they would feel safe in an NHS hospital if they were extremely ill; only 73% said the same in spring 2013.

This is good news for the NHS. As a National Health Service it needs to inspire confidence in the people it serves, the UK public, if it’s to carry out its remit effectively. However, the same report showed that the UK public has a negative opinion of NHS mental health care.

Perceptions of mental health care

The Guardian reported that 39% of respondents said that they think that people with mental health conditions aren’t cared for effectively by the NHS. In contrast, only 31% said that they believe that the NHS provides effective care for patients with mental health conditions.

Meanwhile, the report found that dissatisfaction with NHS mental health care has risen 7% since 2013. Also, nearly three in ten people questioned by the Institute admitted that they don’t know about the NHS care that’s available for people with mental health issues. However, public perception of local NHS care for patients with dementia is divided; 29% say they’re well cared for, 31% say they aren’t, and 40% don’t know.

Investing in mental health care

A spokesperson for the Department of Health commented on the report. They said: “Like many other countries, our NHS is facing the challenge of looking after many more patients who are living longer with complex care needs. That’s why we’re increasing the NHS budget by £8bn, joining up health and social care and getting services right for older people, so that we can meet the challenges of the future.”

The spokesperson went on to note: “For the first time in the history of the NHS, we are introducing new treatment targets which will help direct funding into mental health services and make sure patients get the care they need when they need.”

Chrysalis Courses

These measures should ensure that people with mental health conditions receive more effective care from the NHS. You can help these people by training to become a counsellor through a number of Chrysalis courses provided by Chrysalis Not For Profit, which will give you the training you need to talk people through the core issues that cause mental health conditions.

Established in 1998, Chrysalis Not For Profit is now the UK’s market-leading trainer in talking therapies. We offer creative, enjoyable and relaxed courses, fully accredited by the relevant professional bodies on a part-time basis to fit around your commitments.

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