- Posted on : 23 March 2017
- by Daniel Rankine
Public Health England is supporting local partners to deliver plans which prevent mental illness and promote good mental health. The Prevention Concordat Programme for Better Mental Health will mean that every local area will have effective planning arrangements for prevention by 2018. Furthermore the national suicide prevention strategy is committed to a 10% reduction in suicides by 2020/21 by developing guidance and action plans.
Improved access to care is about people seeing and feeling the benefits of change, a maintained focus on delivery, commitment and collaboration will ensure more and more people receive the care when and where they need.
The 5YFV for Mental Health recommended that by 2020/21 CCGs should be required to publish a range of benchmarking data to provide transparency about mental health performance and spending. How can CCGs prepare for a revolution in information and clinical outcomes?
In 2003 Frank Bruno was sectioned for the first time and diagnosed as having Bipolar disorder. His well documented illness put Frank in the public eye and he has used this media attention to help with the stigma attached to mental health and to help raise the standards of care given to those living with mental health issues.
Now more than one year on from publication of The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, it is time to deliver the actions required that will make the strategy a reality. Early action and a collective focus will benefit not just people who use services, their families and communities, but benefit the NHS itself and drive a more equal, balanced and sustainable health and care system.
NHS England have begun plans to roll out a program for digitally-enabled healthcare to help improve productivity and widen patient choice over the type of treatment they receive. Ieso Digital Health are commissioned to deliver Online Talking Therapy on behalf of the NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Services in many areas across the UK. This sessions will explore the use of technology to facilitate widespread access to effective, evidence-based mental health therapy, with improved clinical outcomes.
The workforce strategy will be essential to those responsible for commissioning or delivering mental health services and those involved in training in mental health.
Wider determinants of health such as housing, schooling and employment, are key to deliver the transformation needed in mental health services and care.
Exploring the growing gap between government ambitions and the reality of the rising demands and pressures on frontline services.
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