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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The five year forward view for mental health: A report from the independent Mental Health Taskforce to the NHS in England

NHS England, March 2016

The Mental Health Taskforce has published its final report.  The report sets out what needs to happen to make sure people get access to the treatment and support they need, when they need it. The report makes recommendations for the NHS to achieve the ambition of ‘parity of esteem’ between mental and physical health for children and young people, adults and older people. This includes prevention, early intervention, access to crisis care and better integration of mental and physical health care.

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Briefing on the findings of the Confidential Inquiry into premature deaths of people with a learning disability

Mencap, January 2016

This research finds that 1,238 children and adults die across England every year because they are not getting the right health care.  The research is a national estimate based on the findings of the Confidential Inquiry into premature deaths of people with a learning disability.  The key recommendation from the inquiry team is for the establishment and funding of a National Learning Disability Mortality Review Body in England. This would allow for the continued collection of mortality data for people with a learning disability and investigation of the most serious cases.

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How mental health impacts life expectancy

RSA Open Public Services Network, November 2015

The RSA OSPN (Open Public Services Network) is an innovative programme providing independent assessment of government and public services performance data.

This project was funded by the Cabinet Office and we worked with Mind to map mental health inequalities across the UK.  Their interactive tool, ‘Living a Long Life? How Mental Health Impacts Life Expectancy’ gives service users and the public access to data highlighting how well local health providers are looking after people with mental health conditions. Local areas across England are banded on how well they support mental health service users.

Click here to view the interactive website.

Click here to view their report ‘Getting the message on mental health’.