£11 billion cost of treating physical and mental health separately

The King’s Fund, 8 March 2016

The King’s Fund has published a report which shows that the psychological problems associated with physical health conditions, and vice versa, are costing the NHS more than £11 billion a year and care is less effective than it could be. The report argues that by integrating physical and mental health care the NHS can improve health outcomes and save money.

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Place-based systems of care: A way forward for the NHS in England

King’s Fund, November 2015

This paper proposes a new approach to tackling these challenges. It argues that NHS organisations need to move away from a ‘fortress mentality’ whereby they act to secure their own individual interests and future, and instead establish place-based ‘systems of care’ in which they collaborate with other NHS organisations and services to address the challenges and improve the health of the populations they serve.

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Mental health under pressure

The King’s Fund, November 2015

This briefing paper aims to focus on mental health as a system of care, examining individual pressures within the wider context of provider and commissioner actions. Although services for children and adolescents, and older people are very much part of this system of care, this briefing paper focuses on services for adults between the ages of 16 and 65.

Click here for further information and to download the briefing.

Health and Social Care: The First 100 Days of the New Government

The King’s Fund, August 2015

After 100 days in office, the new government’s plans for health and social care are beginning to take shape. The King’s Fund take a look at the measures that have been outlined so far and focus on financial control and productivity; devolution; quality and safety; primary care; seven-day services; mental health and learning disabilities; public health; social care; patient engagement; leadership; and regulation.

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