Mental Health Matters have today issued a statement on the Government’s response to the Hewitt Review, voicing support for the recommendations made by Patricia Hewitt.

Responding on behalf of Mental Health Matters, Sarah Wileman, Director of Business Development, commented “Mental Health Matters were pleased to submit evidence to the Hewitt Review earlier this year, and to see some of the recommendations made by Patricia Hewitt align with the best practice and strategic reforms included in our response.

A prevention approach is key in easing the high demand placed on mental health services alongside embedded local provision and best practice guidance issued on a national level. The review’s initial proposal of a one percent growth target for health prevention funding is a formula that Mental Health Matters supports.

Overall, the Government’s approach to expand integration and co-production through the Integrated Care Systems is one that will support local decision making and mental health support in the community, and we hope to continue to contribute in shaping the future of mental health support

The review represents a huge culture shift for NHS England and local partnerships must now focus on building relationships, trust and accountability.”