AHSN | May 2018 | Improving the Physical Health of People with Serious Mental Illness
Bradford District Care Foundation Trust, has developed a template to support healthcare professionals to identify patients with conditions including high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular problems. The template improves the quality of health checks for people with a serious mental illness (SMI) who are at risk of dying prematurely due to preventable physical conditions.
Potential cost savings in the Yorkshire and Humber region alone are estimated to be £11.3 million over the next 10 years. The AHSN piloted an initial rollout across two Mental Health Trusts and two Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). It has also supported organisations nationally to trial or implement the template.
The template is available through the SystmOne, EMIS and RIO web platforms and has been used by 74 CCGs. An eLearning module produced by the AHSN went live in January 2017 (Source: AHSN).
Equally Well: A new collaborative to support the physical health of people with a mental illness | via Centre for Mental Health
In October 2016, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges published the report ‘Improving the physical health of adults with severe mental illness: essential actions’The report outlined the changes that were needed to make a sustained impact on the physical health of people living with a mental illness. It highlighted that coordinated national effort would be needed to bring good practice to scale and support further innovation and improvement across the country.
Equally Well is an initiative from New Zealand which seeks to promote and support such collaborative action to improve physical health among people with a mental illness.
Now in the UK, the Centre for Mental Health, Kaleidoscope and Rethink Mental Illness are working together with support from the Royal College of GPs and the Royal College of Psychiatrists to create an Equally Well collaborative in this country.
The Beyond Places of Safety fund will focus on improving urgent mental healthcare in local areas | Department of Health
The Department of Health has launched a £15 million fund to better support people at risk of experiencing a mental health crisis.
The Beyond Places of Safety scheme aims to improve support services for those needing urgent and emergency mental healthcare. This includes conditions such as psychosis, bipolar disorder, and personality disorders that could cause people to be a risk to themselves or others.
In 2015, the government committed five years of extra funding for children and young people’s mental health services (CYPMHS). All areas of England were required to submit plans outlining how they will improve their services by 2020.
This POSTnote describes some of the new models of CYPMHS and examines the challenges to their effective implementation.
The Office for National Statistics estimates that nearly one in four Children and Young People (CYP) show some evidence of mental ill health.
It is estimated that between £70-100 billion is lost each year in the UK due to poor
New models of CYP mental health services are currently being developed across the
country to suit the unique needs of local areas. They include whole-system, schoolsbased, community-based and other models, and involve integrating services from across the statutory and voluntary sectors.
Issues with implementing new service models include data monitoring, recruiting
and retaining staff and funding.
Making Individual Placement and Support work: an evaluation of implementation and sustainability | The Centre for Mental Health.
This report is an independent evaluation of the Making Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Work programme. Across six sites where IPS was being expanded, InHealth Associates interviewed stakeholders to explore the critical success factors for implementing and sustaining IPS services. The evaluation, found that these IPS services had many benefits, not only in helping people to get jobs but also in building clients’ confidence and, as a result, improving staff morale.
The future of the mental health workforce | Centre for Mental Health
This report is based on insights from service users, carers and professionals and outlines a list of recommendations for a sustainable mental health workforce.
It emphasises the importance of prevention, including the role of GPs in supporting people before they reach crisis point. It describes commissioning of mental health services as in “crisis” with a “shrinking workforce, growing expectations and exhausting demands” putting pressure on staff across the country.
The report makes 22 recommendations for policy, practice, education and training, highlighting 4 key calls to action:
For mental health careers to be promoted in schools and colleges: to build on growing awareness and understanding about mental health to encourage young people to aspire to work in the sector when they’re considering their career choices
For all mental health service providers to support the mental health and wellbeing of their staff: to become ‘compassionate organisations’ that care for the people who work in them
For mental health workers to get training in the skills they will need in the future, including in coproduction, community engagement and psychological interventions
For people to be able to build their careers more flexibly, working in a range of different settings and sectors, and taking on new roles as they get older