The Mental Health Act 1959 and A Hospital Plan for England and Wales in 1962 set a direction for mental health services away from inpatient and towards outpatient and community care which enjoyed support across the political spectrum. There has been a shift of focus over time from rights and recovery to marketisation, to risk and safety to modernisation and, finally, to well-being. There has been greater coherence in policy and consensus among staff in child and adolescent mental health than its adult counterpart, but service developments were hampered by chronic underfunding. Though, overall, it is probably fair to judge that mental health services in 2010 were both substantially more effective and significantly more humane than those prevailing in 1960, they have not fulfilled the aspirations held widely at the beginning of the period.
|Title of host publication||Mind, State and Society|
|Subtitle of host publication||Social History of Psychiatry and Mental Health in Britain 1960–2010|
|Editors||George Ikkos, Nick Bouras|
|Publisher||Cambridge University Press|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2021|