Useful links

Health policy 

King's Fund: Bringing together physical and mental health

This report makes a compelling case for the ‘new frontier’ for integration - bringing together physical and mental health.. It gives service users’ perspectives on what integrated care would look like and highlights 10 areas that offer some of the biggest opportunities for improving quality and controlling costs.

NCEPOD: Treat as One, Bridging the gap between mental and physical healthcare in general hospitals

National report authored by King’s Health Partners experts which found that the failure by general hospitals to integrate physical and mental healthcare services is leading to poor care for patients with a physical illness who also have a mental health condition. This is a report lfrom the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD).

NHS England response to NCEPOD Treat as One report 

Responding to the publication of the above report on mental health care in general hospitals, Professor Tim Kendall, National Clinical Director for Mental Health, describes how the NHS is working hard to deliver priorities set out in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health for changing the way in which mental and physical health have traditionally been viewed and treated.

NHS England: Mental Health Taskforce

Formed in March 2015, the independent Mental Health Taskforce brought together health and care leaders, people who use services and experts in the field to create a Five Year Forward View for Mental Health for the NHS in England. This national strategy, which covers care and support for all ages, was published in February 2016 and signifies the first time there has been a strategic approach to improving mental health outcomes across the health and care system, in partnership with the health arm’s length bodies. An integrated mental and physical health approach is a core element of the five year plan. 

Health charities and advocacy

Centre for Mental Health: Co-morbidities - physical health and mental health problems together

The cost to the health system and to wider society of mental health problems among people with physical illnesses is considerable. By developing a more integrated response to patients' multiple needs, there is scope to both reduce costs and improve care.

Centre for Mental Health worked with The King's Fund and the London School of Economics to review evidence on the extent of co-morbidities, their impact on the quality and cost of care and the ways in which people with both a long-term condition and a mental health problem could be better supported.

Mind: Physical activity, sport and mental health

Information about why being active is important for mental health and wellbeing, the types of activity to consider, how to overcome barriers, planning a safe routine and ideas for staying motivated.

Positive Practice in Mental Health

A user led multi agency collaborative of seventy-five organisations, including, NHS Trusts, CCGs, Police Forces, third sector providers, front line charities and service user groups.  Postitive practice exist to identify and disseminate positive practice in mental health services by working together across organisations and sectors, to facilitate shared learning, and to raise the profile of mental health with politicians and policy makers.

Rethink: physical health resources for healthcare professionals

A comprehensive range of materials to build confidence and raise awareness of the physical health needs of people affected by mental illness. These resources are designed for professionals across primary and secondary care.

Research

IMPARTS (Integrating Mental & Physical healthcare: Research, Training & Services)

Papers published by the King's Health Partners IMPARTS team exploring the relationship between mental and physical health. 

Physical health in severe mental illness

Papers published by Dr Fiona Gaughran at the Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry & Neuroscience, King's College London on the physical health of people with severe mental illness 

Education and training

UCLPartners: Breaking down the barriers

Breaking Down the Barriers is a suite of 14 mental and physical health training awareness packages and modules for the NHS workforce. They were developed in collaboration between UCLPartners and NHS primary and secondary care organisations in north and east London. Breaking Down the Barriers awareness training materials are free to the NHS and downloadable via http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/breaking-down-the-barriers/.