Local MP, Sir Norman Lamb, has promised to continue scrutinising mental health spending and service performance in North Norfolk, following the parliamentary launch of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ new website ‘Mental Health Watch.’
The website brings together multiple data sources to give users a one-stop shop to track mental health services against national government targets.
It means users can see how their local area compares to others across 25 indicators, including spend per head on mental health services and waiting times for people needing treatment for depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses.
Dozens of parliamentarians attended the launch, including Sir Norman Lamb MP who opened the event, to hear from Professor Wendy Burn, President of the College and Jackie Doyle Price MP, Minister for Mental Health.
They were shown how to use the site, how to understand the data and how they can use the information to hold government and local decision makers to account.
Sir Norman Lamb MP for North Norfolk said:
“For too long it has been difficult to get a true picture of how our area is doing compared to others when it comes to mental health services.
The College has clearly worked hard in developing a resource that finally gives me the information I need to see where services need improving and where they are doing well.
I have pledged to use Mental Health Watch to keep a close eye on the performance of mental health services in North Norfolk.
This is particularly important given the serious concerns about services locally.”
Professor Wendy Burn, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said:
“It was fantastic to welcome Sir Norman Lamb MP to the launch of Mental Health Watch.
To have the support of so many MPs and Peers at the event shows just how much they value improving mental health services across the country.”
Mental Health Watch's website is available here: https://mentalhealthwatch.rcpsych.ac.uk/