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Mental health services lacking staff to operate safely and effectively, say staff

26 March 2018

Nearly three quarters of mental health professionals think their service does not have enough staff to operate safely and effectively, according to a New Savoy Conference Workplace Wellbeing Survey. 


The survey was completed by 1,678 mental health professionals, most of whom work in the National Health Service, and conducted in conjunction with the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology.

One in three respondents said that their service had lost senior staff and that this had contributed to a loss of confidence.

Fewer professionals than in previous years reported feelings of depression or failure, but those feelings remained present in over 40 per cent of respondents. 

Experiences of bullying and harassment and staff feeling under pressure to meet unrealistic targets have incrased. 

Nicola Gale, President of the British Psychological Society, said:“It is important for people using them that mental health services are properly funded and fully staffed, and that those staff have the right skills and experience. And high morale.

We are grateful to the New Savoy Conference for keeping these important issues in the public eye.”