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.

Click here to read the full report.


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.

Click here to read the briefing.

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’.

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.

Focus on: People with mental ill health and hospital use

Nuffield Trust, October 2015

A new study published by the Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation, suggests that people with mental ill health are not having their physical health adequately managed, despite being known to the NHS for their mental health needs.  People with mental ill health had almost five times more emergency hospital admissions last year relative to people without; yet the vast majority of these emergency admissions were not explicitly to support mental health needs, and a proportion of them were potentially preventable.

Click here to read the full report.

Click here to read the summary.