Hugh Griffiths: improving health outcomes for people with long-term conditions

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Hugh Griffiths, Acting National Director of Mental Health, Department of Health, outlines the key themes of the government's mental health strategy for England and looks at how outcomes for people with physical and mental health conditions can be improved.

From the conference: The role of mental health services in improving care for long-term conditions

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John Kapp

Position
director SECTCo,
Organisation
SECTCo
Comment date
07 October 2011
I totally agree. The mental health service is not worthy of the name service, because present treatments (drugs) don't work to cure conditions. The Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) 8 week course does, and has NICE-recommendation and 350 studies as evidence, but the waiting time on NHS in Sussex is 2,000 years. SECTCo exists to provide it, and we are seeking to contract as Any Willing Qualified Provider with public sector commissioners.

Gillian Seward

Position
Vol - Bristol LINk Chairman Older People's working gorup,
Comment date
07 October 2011
Too little emphasis is placed on the fact that those with LTC are very likely to suffer from depression. This may well lead to suicide. It is not uncommon for a specialist to tell a patient he has an incurable condition and offer what palliative care may be available, whilst completely ignoring that patient's state of mind. I feel all such patients should be referred to a psychologist in the beginning, monitored carefully thereafter and given help as and when appropriate.

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