Supporting Parity of Esteem with Mental and Physical Health

“For far too long, people of all ages with mental health problems have been stigmatised and marginalised, all too often experiencing an NHS that treats their minds and bodies separately.” But things are changing – over 20,000 people told the Mental Health Taskforce1 that “…their priorities were prevention, access, integration, quality and a positive experience of care.”

Mednet have recently completed a project which has looked at ways of supporting these findings for people with serious mental illness (SMI) and NHS England’s parity of esteem agenda – putting mental health on a par with physical health.

By conducting extensive key opinion leader (KOL) mapping, Mednet identified a number of geographies, Trusts, CCGs and key individuals where there were opportunities to transition patients with schizophrenia from secondary to primary care. The aim of this was to deliver care closer to the community and enable physical health to be monitored more closely in line with national guidance.

From holding meetings with Medical Directors, CCG Mental Health Leads and Chief Pharmacists, we found a number of areas with interesting, willing, and progressive attitudes to transition. These opportunities were presented back in a report to our client, a top ten pharmaceutical company. This report has informed their strategy of market engagement with NHS bodies and service providers.

We are excited to be progressing this project by developing a mobile application to monitor physical health in those with SMI, in collaboration with the client and an innovative Mental Health and Social Care Trust.

1. Source: https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Mental-Health-Taskforce-FYFV-final.pdf