In 2009, the government consulted widely about the mental health care and treatment available to people in the UK. UMHAN responded to ensure that the health care needs of people with mental health difficulties while studying were included.
The response formed the basis of a consultation with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) later that year, given the similarities of the issues.
The CQC sought views on developing a strategy for its work on mental health for the next three to five years. Specifically, they asked:
- What are the priority areas for improvement in mental health
- How can CQC best make an impact in relation to these areas? What should they do?
- When should CQC tackle these issues?
- What would success look like?
- How should CQC involve people who use services and their families and carers in developing, implementing and monitoring the strategy?