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Achieving parity between mental and physical health

Whole-person care: from rhetoric to reality

 

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Royal College of Psychiatrists –UK – March 2013

 

Available online PDF [95p.] at: http://bit.ly/YFvjwS 

 

 

 

“…..In our society mental does not receive the same attention as physical health. People with mental health problems frequently experience stigma and discrimination, not only in the wider community but also from services. This is exemplified in part by lower treatment rates for conditions and an underfunding of mental healthcare relative to the scale and impact of problems….”
Professor , FRCPsych, OBE President, The Royal College of Psychiatrists

 

 

 

“…..This report should be seen as the first stage of an ongoing process over the next 5–10 years that will deliver parity for mental health and make whole-person care a reality. It builds on the Implementation Framework for the Mental Health Strategy in providing further analysis of why parity does not currently exist, and the actions required to bring it about.

 

A ‘parity approach’ should enable and local authority health and social care services to provide a holistic, ‘whole person’ response to each individual, whatever their needs, and should ensure that all publicly funded services, including those provided by private organisations, give people’s mental health equal status to their physical health needs.

 

Central to this approach is the fact that there is a strong relationship between mental health and physical health, and that this influence works in both directions. Poor mental health is associated with a greater risk of physical health problems, and poor physical health is associated with a greater risk of mental health problems. Mental health affects physical health and viceversa…  “..[AU]

 

 

 

Content:

 

Key recommendations
Introduction

 

Terms of reference and methodology

 

Definition and vision for parity of esteem

 

The funding gap: disparity in funding for mental health

 

The treatment gap: disparity in access to treatment for mental health problems

 

NHS Outcomes Framework Domain 1: Preventing people from dying prematurely

 

NHS Outcomes Framework Domain 2: Enhancing quality of life for people with long-term conditions

 

NHS Outcomes Framework Domain 3: Helping people to recover from episodes of ill health or following injury

 

NHS Outcomes Framework Domain 4: Ensuring that people have a positive experience of care

 

NHS Outcomes Framework Domain 5: Treating and caring for people in a safe environment and protecting them from avoidable harm

 

A life-course approach: early intervention, children and young people and older people

 

Measurement and monitoring of parity: data, research, audit and inspection

 

A cross-government approach to parity

 

Annexe A1. Lester UK Adaptation: Positive Cardiometabolic Health Resource

 

Annexe A2. Programme for implementing the Lester UK Adaptation

 

Annexe B. Summary of recommendations for parity

 

Annexe C. Parity commitments from working group member organisations, Royal Colleges and others

 

References

 

 

 

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