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Improving the Physical Health of Adults with Severe Mental Illness

Friday 24 March 2017
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Improving the Physical Health of Adults with Severe Mental Illness
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The October 2016 report ‘‘Improving the physical health of adults with severe mental illness: essential actions’’ written in partnership with the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and the Royal Colleges of General Practitioners, Nursing, Pathologists, Physicians, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and Public Health England sets out the essential actions to improve the physical health of adults with severe mental illness (SMI) across the NHS. The conference focuses on implementing these action and delivering the practical recommendations for changes that will help adults with SMI to receive the same standards of physical healthcare as the general population and reduce the risk of premature death.

“Although the health of the general population in the UK has improved significantly over the past 50 years, the life expectancy of adults with severe mental illness (SMI) in 2016 is lagging behind. Nearly half (46%) of people with SMI have a long-term physical health condition and are at risk of losing on average 10-20 years of their lifespan due to physical ill-health.”
Improving the physical health of adults with severe mental illness: essential actions’ October 2016

“Physical illness is the biggest single cause of death in severe mental illness. This is now a major priority for us, NHS England and anyone who cares about severe mental illness.”
Professor Sir Simon Wessely, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, October 2016

This conference takes a practical case study based approach to delivering parity of esteem improving the physical health of people with mental health conditions. There is a focus on early intervention, and through learning from organisations that have succeeded in addressing the challenge of improving the physical health of people with mental health conditions. The conference will focus on meeting the national recommendation set out by the October 2016 report, the Five Year Forward View 2016, the Mental Health Taskforce in February 2016, and the Improving the physical health of people with mental health problems: Actions for mental health nurses policy published by the Department of Health in May 2016.

“The 2016/17 CQUIN on improving physical healthcare to reduce premature mortality in people with severe mental illness is an important lever in addressing the issue of physical health care for this group...NHS England will seek to extend the CQUIN beyond 2016/17.” The Five Year Forward View 2016

The conference will include national updates and case study sessions focusing on making parity of esteem a reality, early intervention, promoting fitness and physical activity, improving physical health for people with severe mental illness, smoking cessation, the role of drug abuse, monitoring physical health, the role of recovery services, reducing medication physical health side effects and the role of liaison psychiatry.

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