Improve support for people with long-term physical illnesses and depression or anxiety.
To do this we will:
- train more psychological therapists to work in local communities and hospitals to help people with long term physical health conditions
- support teams to work together to identify more people who will benefit most from psychological therapies
- identify earlier those most at risk of poor mental health and offer a broader range of support.
It is better for people because:
- better support and treatment will improve people’s mental and physical wellbeing and quality of life
- taking more control of their health means more independence, more employment opportunities and fuller lives
- joining-up services will make people’s treatment more effective.
It is better for the health and care system because:
- more people will be treated and more effectively
- there will be less demand for emergency care
- more people will be supported to have longer, happier and healthier lives.
- around one-in-three people with a long-term condition have a mental health need, but this often goes unnoticed and un-treated
- nearly 150,000 people in NW London have a long-term illness and mental health needs
- almost half of people with mental health needs also have a long-term physical illness.
- better and earlier identification of people with long-term illnesses and mental health needs
- improved access to psychological therapies, especially for older people and people with diabetes
- a fully skilled workforce able to support the emotional wellbeing of people with long-term physical ill-health.
- studies suggest that collaborative working between mental and physical healthcare professionals leads to improved outcomes, especially for diabetes and lung disease, with the additional cost of extra psychological support off-set by savings from reduced need for physical health care.