Integrating Mental & Physical healthcare: Research, Training & Services (IMPARTS) is an initiative funded by King’s Health Partners to integrate mental and physical healthcare in research, training and clinical services at Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital, and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts.
IMPARTS has been developed to improve the support available for patients experiencing psychological distress such as anxiety, low mood or depression, while receiving treatment for a physical health condition.
How does it work?
Patients attending King’s Health Partners acute Trusts are asked to answer a series of questions about their health using a tablet-based screening platform, or via a link sent to their smart phone, before their appointment. The questions relate to their wellbeing, smoking, depression and anxiety symptoms, along with others tailored to the patient group.
The results are added to the patient’s electronic health record. The clinician can use the data to guide the patient’s consultation and treatment plan and refer the patient to other relevant services based on their results, where appropriate.
In the video below, Fiona Squire, a limb reconstruction patient, describes how the King's Health Partners IMPARTS service helped her recover mentally and physically after her limb reconstruction at King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Reasons why using IMPARTS in clinics is beneficial:
- Evidence shows that by joining up physical and mental healthcare, it’s possible to help someone manage their different conditions, improve their health outcomes, and even prevent unnecessary health problems for some people by identifying risk early.
- Using IMPARTS will help tailor patient consultations, by equipping clinicians with the full picture of a patient’s mental and physical health.
- Training is provided for all staff who use the IMPARTS package. This covers some key principles and skills for addressing common mental health needs. Clinical teams may also request additional training, including bespoke ways to address the specific needs of their patient population.
- IMPARTS data is also available for research and clinical service audit purposes. For more information, please see our research page at King’s College London.