Government pledges at least 4,600 new crisis care nurse posts for mental health

At least 4,600 extra crisis care nurses are to be created as part of a major workforce plan announced by the government today to improve mental health services.

There would also be a national retention programme, run by NHS Employers, and initiatives to improve career pathways and bolster access to training and development opportunities.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “We want people with mental health conditions to receive better treatment, and part of that means having the right NHS staff.

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