Public Sector Event

Improving Physical Health For People With Mental Health Conditions

Venue: ICO Conference Centre
22 Berners Street

Date: 28 Jan 2014

Synopsis: Focussing on objective three: More people with mental health problems will have good physical health, of the Mental Health Strategy, this conference takes a practical, case study-based approach learning from organisations that have succeeded in addressing the challenge of improving the physical health of people with mental health conditions

“It is astonishing that people with severe mental illness are in some cases 3 or 4 times more likely to die prematurely from the ‘big killer’ diseases, when compared to the population as a whole… Thousands of people with mental illness die prematurely every year, and as the report notes, differences in life expectancy for people with severe mental illness, when compared to the population as a whole, are truly shocking. Many of these lives could be saved by improving access to universal population health services for people with mental illness.” Norman Lamb MP, Minister for Care Services, June 2013 “The NHS Outcomes Framework should complement the indicator of ‘excess under-75 mortality in people with severe mental illness’ with an additional indicator that measures excess mortality in people with mild or moderate mental illness. Without this, the picture of premature mortality is incomplete. There should be an expectation that the mortality differential will reduce year on year.” Whole-person care: from rhetoric to reality Achieving parity between mental and physical health, Royal College of Psychiatrists 2013 “It’s crucial we address the scandal of the poorer physical health experienced by people with severe mental illness.” The Schizophrenia Commission 2012


Kerry Tarrant Tel: 01932 429933 Fax: 020 8181 6491