National Policy

The 2016/17 physical health CQUIN encourages mental health providers to offer cardio metabolic screening for people with SMI, in contact with inpatient, Early Intervention for Psychosis and community mental health services.

Implementing Five Year Forward View for Mental Health aims to increase the number of people with SMI receiving NICE recommended physical screening and interventions to 30% of people with SMI by 2017/18, moving to 60% by 2018/19. Further policy detail, expected in December 2016, is likely to include continuing the physical health CQUIN beyond 2016/17 and encouraging integration of mental and physical health care including training for primary care staff.

Practical toolkits to support improvement in the physical care of people with SMI are provided by Rethink and NHS England.

The Department of Health and Public Health England provide a resource for mental health nurses and Health Education England’s Recognising and Assessing Medical Problems in Psychiatric Settings (RAMPPS) Programme is a systematic training approach for mental health staff.

 East Midlands Clinical Networks Parity of Esteem Overview and Report provides a comprehensive summary of policy and approaches to improving the physical health of people with serious mental illness.

The Royal Colleges and Societies report Improving the physical healthcare of people with severe mental illness emphasises the importance of the systematic use of routine data and national audit processes to support improvement.

25% of people with common mental health conditions will access psychological services each year and there will be a focus on people with chronic physical conditions by integrating psychological and physical healthcare Five Year Forward View .

The Kings Fund report Bringing together physical and mental health offers ideas for improving the quality of care by integrating mental and physical health services.