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Improving Physical Health Outcomes for people with Mental Health Conditions

Friday 18 January 2019
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London, London

Improving Physical Health Outcomes for people with Mental Health Conditions
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A new Government Report published on the 27th  September 2018 confirms that:

People with SMI are at a greater risk of poor physical health and have a higher premature mortality than the general population. People with SMI in England:

  • die on average 15 to 20 years earlier than the general population
  • have 3.7 times higher death rate for ages under 75 than the general population
  • experience a widening gap in death rates over time

It is estimated that for people with SMI 2 in 3 deaths are from physical illnesses that can be prevented. Major causes of death in people with SMI include chronic physical medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, diabetes and hypertension.

Compared to the general population, people under 75 years of age in contact with mental health services in England have death rates that are :

  • 5 times higher for liver disease
  • 4.7 times higher for respiratory disease
  • 3.3 times higher for cardiovascular disease
  • 2 times higher for cancer

Severe mental illness (SMI) and physical health inequalities: briefing, 27th September 2018, UK Government

“People living with severe mental illness (SMI)  face one of the greatest health inequality gaps in England. The life expectancy for people with SMI is 15–20 years lower than the general population. This disparity in health outcomes is partly due to physical health needs being overlooked. Smoking is the largest avoidable cause of premature death, with more than 40% of adults with SMI smoking. Individuals with SMI also have double the risk of obesity and diabetes, three times the risk of hypertension and metabolic syndrome, and five times the risk of dyslipidaemia (imbalance of lipids in the bloodstream) than the general population. Individuals living with SMI are not consistently being offered appropriate or timely physical health assessments despite their higher risk of poor physical health. They are not being supported to use available health information and advice or to take up tests and interventions that reduce the risk of preventable health conditions.” NHS England February 2018

“When treating patients with serious mental illness (SMI), it’s natural to think foremost about their mental health. But this group of patients are also at some of the greatest risk of poor overall health and premature mortality. Striking figures show that SMI patients die on average 20 years earlier than the general population due to preventable physical health problems – a life expectancy similar to the 1950’s.” Improving the Physical Health of People with Serious Mental Illness NHS England

“One of the goals of the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health is that “by 2020/21, at least 280,000 people living with severe mental health problems should have their physical health needs met”. Our inspectors found a mixed picture.” Care Quality Commission

The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health recommended that NHS England should ensure that by 2020/21, 280,000 more people having their physical health needs met by increasing early detection and expanding access to evidence-based physical care assessment and intervention.

This conference takes a practical case study based approach to assessing, monitoring and improving the physical health outcomes 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.

This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues working to improve the physical health outcomes for people with mental health conditions
  • Reflect on the lived experience 
  • Learn from established practice in the assessment and management of physical health conditions
  • Understand and reflect on what you need to do to bring together physical and mental health
  • Update your knowledge on national developments
  • Ensure every person under your care receives effective assessment and monitoring of physical health needs 
  • Understand how you can support people to improve physical health and the impact on personal recovery journeys
  • Develop your skills in screening, assessment, treatment and monitoring
  • Understand how you can improving and monitoring the physical health of those with Schizophrenia 
  • Identify key strategies for improvement smoking cessation 
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Gain CPD accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence
     

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