At last, mental health will now get equal treatment

HEALTH chiefs in Worcestershire have welcomed plans to make the mental health of patients as important as their physical health.

Leaders at the Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, which runs mental health services, have welcomed a national drive to attach more importance to mental health.

One of the key objectives of the Government’s ‘commissioning mandate’, issued in November, is to place mental health services on “an equal footing with physical health”, which means people getting “timely access to the best available treatments”.

The mandate sets out a series of ambitions and priorities for the National Health Service between April this year and March 2015 by which the Government will hold the NHS Commissioning Board to account.

Sarah Dugan, chief executive of the health and care trust which runs Newtown Hospital in Worcester, welcomed the increased emphasis on mental health care.

She said: “The general principle of placing mental health services on the same footing is really, really welcome.”

Other priorities include:

Preventing people dying prematurely

Enhancing the quality of life for people who have long-term conditions

Helping people to recover from episodes of ill health following injury

Ensuring that people have a positive experience of care

Treating and caring for people in a safe environment

Protecting people from avoidable harm.

Another change in national policy which will affect the trust locally is the document Compassion in Practice which sets out the importance of the six Cs – care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment.

In a document published in November the ombudsman stressed the importance of ‘communication and embedding good complaint handling’ in the NHS.

Chris Burdon, chairman of the Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, said the documents published recently showed that “for once everyone seems to be talking the same language and addressing the same issues”.

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1:40pm Sat 19 Jan 13

Jabbadad says...

And yet again this caring government removed the ring fencing around the Mental Health funding. But are we surprised at anything this rotten government do?
And yet again this caring government removed the ring fencing around the Mental Health funding. But are we surprised at anything this rotten government do? Jabbadad

7:21pm Sat 19 Jan 13

thompson9100 says...

Shame there's a lack of detail about what this actually means to those living with mental health issues. When 25% of people will have mental health problems during their life, I think James could have dug a bit more for information unsteady of a soundbite or two. Are psychology services, specialist treatments such as dialectic behaviour therapy, counselling, etc going to be expanded so they can provide a service without a 9 month wait (if indeed you are deemed to be at a suitable level of crisis to warrant a referral in the first place).

More investigation required yet again James.
Shame there's a lack of detail about what this actually means to those living with mental health issues. When 25% of people will have mental health problems during their life, I think James could have dug a bit more for information unsteady of a soundbite or two. Are psychology services, specialist treatments such as dialectic behaviour therapy, counselling, etc going to be expanded so they can provide a service without a 9 month wait (if indeed you are deemed to be at a suitable level of crisis to warrant a referral in the first place). More investigation required yet again James. thompson9100

1:43pm Mon 21 Jan 13

mayall8808 says...

Jabbadad says...
1:40pm Sat 19 Jan 13
And yet again this caring government removed the ring fencing around the Mental Health funding. But are we surprised at anything this rotten government do?

Totally agree as this government are saying one thing but stabbing us all in the back, removing the ring fencing from supporting people services is a despicable act, it means now that anyone can ask for money for the most stupid of things and it will come out of the fund that was mainly set aside for the vunerable.
Jabbadad says... 1:40pm Sat 19 Jan 13 And yet again this caring government removed the ring fencing around the Mental Health funding. But are we surprised at anything this rotten government do? Totally agree as this government are saying one thing but stabbing us all in the back, removing the ring fencing from supporting people services is a despicable act, it means now that anyone can ask for money for the most stupid of things and it will come out of the fund that was mainly set aside for the vunerable. mayall8808

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