Social care funding and mental health

Centre for Mental Health | September 2019 | Social care funding and mental health

The latest policy briefing from the Centre for Mental Health looks at what a fair and sustainable funding settlement for social care needs to look like in order to deliver parity of esteem for mental health and sufficient funding to support people of working age as well as those in later life.

In their latest briefing, the Centre for Mental Health look at what a fair and sustainable funding settlement for social care needs to look like in order to deliver equity of esteem for mental health and sufficient funding to support people of working age as well as those in later life.

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Social care funding and mental health
 reviews the current funding and provision of mental health social work for people of working age in England. It finds that mental health social work has a vital role in helping people to live independently and to secure their rights and dignity. Local authorities also support carers and commission advocacy services, including for people subject to the Mental Health Act

The briefing concludes that the new settlement for social care must therefore:
• Provide parity of esteem for mental health with other social service functions
• Secure fair funding for people of working age
• Resolve the confusion between health, housing and social care funding for people
with ongoing care needs
• Enable local councils to invest for the future in their workforce and their community(Source: Centre for Mental Health).

Social care funding and mental health

Download the briefing here 

Mental Healthcare in Young People and Young Adults

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This review looks in detail at the mental healthcare provided to young people from the unique perspective of the overlap between physical and mental healthcare, the quality of physical and mental healthcare provided and how patients with mental health conditions use healthcare services. The overarching aim of this study was to identify areas of care that can be improved for all patients aged between 11 and 25 years.

The review is divided into three reports and can be downloaded here

Closer links between police and health services can improve experiences for people in mental health crisis

Tighter working partnerships between health professionals and police services are likely to improve the care of people who come into contact with police during mental health crises | National Institute for Health research

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People experiencing severe mental health episodes can present with extreme and unpredictable behaviour posing a danger to themselves and members of the public. Police are often the first to respond in these challenging situations.

New models are emerging of mental health staff working with police. This NIHR-funded review found limited UK-relevant evidence of mixed quality. Studies showed different models in use, from police and mental health staff responding to incidents together to health staff in police control rooms providing support and advice. There was little evidence on which approaches work best, but some research suggested a reduction in formal detentions although there were few outcome data reported.

Research shows potential for improving health outcomes for individuals in crisis by ensuring they are diverted to appropriate services, and in helping direct the appropriate use of police and NHS resources.

Further detail at National Institute for Health Research

Full reference: Rodgers M, Thomas S, Dalton J, Harden M and Eastwood A. Police-related triage interventions for mental health-related incidents: a rapid evidence synthesis. Health Services and Delivery Research. 2019;7(20).

National Clinical Audit of Psychosis National report for the Early Intervention in Psychosis Spotlight Audit 2018/2019

Health Quality Improvement Partnership | August 2019 | National Clinical Audit of Psychosis National report for the Early Intervention in Psychosis Spotlight Audit 2018/2019

The Health Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) has published a new report: National Clinical Audit of Psychosis National report for the Early Intervention in Psychosis Spotlight Audit 2018/2019 presents the findings from the National Clinical Audit of Psychosis (NCAP) Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) spotlight audit which took place in 2018/2019.

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The report provides national and organisation-level findings on the treatment of patients by Early Intervention Psychosis Teams in England

National Clinical Audit of Psychosis National report for the Early Intervention in Psychosis Spotlight Audit 2018/2019

Gen Xers more likely to die by suicide and drug poisoning

Office for National Statistics | August 2019 | Gen Xers more likely to die by suicide and drug poisoning 

An ONS statistical release indicates that a generation of people born in England and Wales in the 1960s and 1970s (Generation X) are dying by suicide and drug poisonings in greater numbers. In the late 1980s there was a shift away from the middle-aged being the age group at which most people died by suicide, to those in their 20s. A similar shift to those in their 20s dying from drug poisonings became visible in the early 1990s.
In the news:

BBC News Deaths by suicide and drugs highest among Generation X

OnMedica Current middle aged generation has highest risk of suicide

The Times Generation X most likely to die from drug overdoses

 

 

Manifesto for Better Mental Health 2019

Mental Health Policy Group | July 2019 | Manifesto for Better Mental Health 2019

The Mental Health Policy Group – a coalition of six organisations working together for better mental health, have launched the Manifesto for Better Mental Health as the new Prime Minister takes up post.

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Manifesto for Better Mental Health 2019

This manifesto focuses on five key asks of the new Prime Minister:

  • Take action to prevent mental illness
  • Create a cross-government plan for mental health and establish a ‘mental health in all policies’ approach across government
  • Reform the Mental Health Act
  • Ensure everyone can access the right mental health support, in the right place, at the right time
  • Build a mental health workforce fit for the future (Source: NHS Confederation)

See also: News release