The mental health workstream is focused on addressing health inequalities and preventing illness, promoting well-being and improving outcomes for people who experience mental ill health. Seven priorities and key principles have been agreed, with detailed delivery plans for each area. These are:
- Child health: Transforming children and young people’s services to improve mental health, physical health and well-being.
- Zero suicide ambition: Supporting delivery of Every Life Matters and Suicide Prevention is Everyone’s Business.
- Employment: Increasing employment opportunities for people with mental ill health including education, training and volunteering. Ensuring NHS organisations are exemplar employers; providing opportunities and supporting those with illness to return to work and volunteering.
- Optimising health services: Enabling people to access the right care at the right time, from the right person.
- Long term conditions and persistent physical symptoms: Enabling people with physical health problems to live their lives to the full and minimising unnecessary and inappropriate treatment.
- Older people: Recognising that older people with mental health problems may have more than one long term condition, focusing on prevention and early identification, and ensuring that care is joined up.
- Improving the physical health of people in receipt of treatment for a mental health or learning disability condition: Reducing premature mortality of people living with severe mental illness and improving physical health of more than 280,000 people.
The workstream has published a year one report highlighting its work to date.
Senior responsible officers for the work stream are chief executive of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear Foundation NHS Trust, John Lawlor and chief officer for South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr David Hambleton.
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