Fair funding for mental health: putting parity into practice: Briefing

Institute for Public Policy Research, November 2018

The NHS is currently in the process of authoring a long-term plan that will set out what it wants to achieve with additional funding and how this funding will be allocated. This Institute for Public Policy Research briefing argues that it is crucial that this plan raises our ambitions on mental health, what parity of esteem looks like and how much it will cost to get there.

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Progress of the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health: On the road to parity

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Mental Health, October 2018

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Mental Health report of an in depth inquiry into the progress of the government’s mental health strategy, the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health. The findings can be split into three main themes:

  • investing in core services for adults severely affected by mental illness;
  • increasing the mental health workforce;
  • better oversight and collective responsibility for mental health

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Be the change: Ensuring an effective response to all in psychiatric emergency equal to medical care: Recommendations from the first international summit on urgent and emergency behavioural healthcare

NHS Clinical Commissioners, October 2018

Behavioural health crisis is a global problem. Behavioural health is an inclusive term that covers the emotions, behaviours and biology relating to a person’s mental well-being, their ability to function in everyday life and their concept of self. It includes mental health, substance misuse and the physical consequences that result.  It calls for an integrated, systematic approach to behavioural health crisis care at the national level – this is seen as the only way to end the current fragmentation of care and makes 10 recommendations.

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Improving the physical health of adults with severe mental illness: essential actions

Royal College of Psychiatrists, October 2016

This report, written in partnership with various royal medical colleges and Public Health England, sets out the essential actions  to improve the physical health of adults with severe mental illness (SMI) across the NHS. The report makes practical recommendations for changes that will help adults with SMI to receive the same standards of physical healthcare as the general population and reduce the risk of premature death.

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Mobile testing labs to be introduced to reduce premature deaths amongst people with mental illness

NHS England, May 2016

Dr Martin Myers, Consultant Clinical Scientist and Director of Clinical Biochemistry at Lancashire Teaching Hospital, is using over 14 years’ worth of experience of working with black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, to develop a new service that will take testing for conditions such as diabetes and CVD out to people with mental health problems.

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Funding mental health at a local level: unpicking the variation

NHS Providers, May 2016

NHS Providers and the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) surveyed finance directors in mental health trusts and chief finance officers in CCGs to understand how the parity of esteem commitment is being implemented locally. The survey found that the government’s commitment to parity of esteem between mental and physical health services is being undermined by a failure to ensure funding increases reach the frontline with only half (52%) of providers reporting that they had received a real terms increase in funding of their services in 2015/16.

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