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.

Parity in Progress? The All Party Parliamentary Group on Mental Health’s inquiry into parity of esteem for mental health

All Party Parliamentary Group on Mental Health, March 2015

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Mental Health, chaired by Conservative MP James Morris, held a year-long inquiry that found ‘unacceptably poor’ provision of mental health care, which the group said would not be tolerated in the rest of the NHS.

The APPG’s report found that there were three key areas where the lack of equality between mental and physical health services was most evident:

– Premature death People with serious mental illnesses die on average 15–20 years earlier than those without
– Emergency care People experiencing a mental health crisis often do not receive timely and appropriate support from mental health services. In 2012/13 some 8,000 people were detained in police cells because of the lack of NHS alternatives.
– Public health Despite 1 in 4 people in the UK experiencing a mental health problem each year, local authority public health strategies concentrate overwhelmingly on physical health, with just 1.4% of public health spending allocated to mental health.

The Group’s recommendations include:

– A national target for reducing premature death among people with mental health problems
– A wider range of community support services to reduce the numbers of people experiencing a mental health crisis being held in police cells
– Mental Health Champions in all local authorities to ensure mental health is prioritised in public health strategies.
– A review of how Government ensures the NHS carries out its commitment to improving mental health services.

The group has called for the next Government to accelerate its efforts to bring mental health services up to the standard of physical health services.

Click here to read the full report.