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No health without mental health!

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March 25. 2012
Theresa Eynon

The East Midlands Mental Health Commissioning Network hosted a lively meeting at the White Hotel in Kegworth, Leicestershire on Thursday 22nd March 2012.

Psychiatrists, GPs and health service managers met to discuss how to make the Government ideal of 'No health without mental health' a reality across the region.

Lincoln's commissioning manager, Colin Warren with  Dee Gallop, a GP, and Liasion Psychiatrist Gill Garden told the Network about a new way to help GPs look after elderly people in care homes. There was a general consensus that this kind of work is the way forward and there can be good outcomes if each care home has a dedicated service from a local practice.

We heard from local psychiatrists Dr Girish Kunigiri and Dr Fabida Noushad how Leicestershire's innovative Mental Health Facilitators are helping people recover from severe mental illness, manage their physical wellbeing and return to ordinary life in the community.

Dr Terri Eynon, the Lead GP of Leicestershire's Good Thinking therapy service, led a workshop explaining why doctors should no longer think of the mind and body separately.

The King's Fund's economists reckon that between 12 per cent and 18 per cent of all NHS expenditure on long-term conditions is linked to poor mental health and wellbeing – between £8 billion and £13 billion in England each year!

Using Chris Williams Five Areas CBT model as a guide, the Network thought about what skills primary care staff might need to learn to take up the challenge.

We looked at how to assess outcomes using patient reported measures. Colin Edis told us how Coalville's RyCare Healthy Living Club enables people with physical disabilities to take charge of their health and measure their own progress towards the things they want to do better. Nikki Perrin told us about the project she is working on with Dr Kamlesh Khunti to work with depressed or distressed diabetics.

Finally, PRIMHE Chair Ian Walton told us about Sandwell's system-wide Health and Wellbeing service in the community. Measuring outcomes that matter in people's lives is the key to finding out what works so it can be supported. This message is crucial for Network members. We all need to think about how we can use outcome measures to grow our own good ideas.

The slides and other resources will be uploaded soon on this site by Paul Midgely.

The current changes in the NHS make it all the more important that the East Midlands puts Health and Wellbeing first. Watch this space!

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