There is a long way to go before mental health achieves ‘parity of esteem’ with physical health, and the voluntary and community sector is key to helping address this challenge.
How long is it reasonable to wait for treatment of depression after being referred by a GP? The results from the 2013 British Social Attitudes Survey are revealing and suggest that public expectations exceed current policy ambitions.
There is a growing disquiet around mental health. Across the board people are calling for change, but what exactly is it that needs to be done and how can we bring about the ‘parity of esteem’ that we all seek?
Here’s a puzzle for you. You have a population of one million people, three psychiatrists, and no mental health nurses. How do you go about delivering mental health care?
Dominic Stenning is a member of the experts by experience group for the Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England. He spoke at the launch of the interim report, giving a frank and compelling patient perspective on the health, mental health and social care system.
The focus on delivering improvements in mental health care is currently dominated by how funding is allocated. But in the midst of the debate, little thought has been given to who should receive this money, and importantly how this could lead to reforming the system.
The poor health outcomes of people with co-existing mental and physical conditions represent one of the greatest inequalities in health. What needs to happen to change this?
Chris Ham argues that much bolder approach is needed to bring about innovative models of care that meet the population's needs.
Chris Naylor asks what role CCGs can play to stop people with mental health losing out in the NHS.
As policy-makers focus on how integrated care can become a reality in the UK, integration of mental and physical health care should be a key part of the debate.
Joanna Goodrich considers the impact of NICE's aspirational guidance on the delivery of adult mental health care on patient-centred care.
The report of the National Audit of Dementia Care in General Hospitals 2011 has put a sharp focus on the care of people with dementia in hospitals.
Drawing on experience from our Point of Care programme, Jocelyn Cornwell explores the options to improving the poor results on care shown in the CQC report.
After the CQC report on quality of care, Anna Dixon asks if acute hospitals are providing the right care for people with dementia.
Sarah Jonas asks what effect will large scale cuts to local authority social care budgets have on child and adolescent mental health services.
If the government’s new mental health strategy is to have any force behind it, mental health needs to be fully reflected in the outcomes framework.