NHS trusts providing mental health and learning disability services have been playing a
critical role, both to maintain services and to respond to the current environment alongside
their colleagues in the acute, community, ambulance and primary care sectors. While the
main public, media and political focus has been on the impact of COVID-19 on hospitals, it is
important to put the spotlight on what is happening in other parts of the NHS frontline. This
briefing sets out the immediate challenges of COVID-19 for mental health trusts, how the
sector has responded and what it needs to navigate this next phase.