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This section provides access to guidance, resources and positive practice to inform commissioning for better outcomes for people with mental health problems, and to improve the mental health and wellbeing of communities.

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The Lester adaption 2014 Lester UK Adaption 2014

This clinical resource, named in honour of the late Professor Helen Lester, provides a simple framework for identifying and treating cardiovascular and type 2 diabetes risks in patients with psychosis receiving antipsychotic medication. Read more »

Crisis Rise in out-of-area placements

Findings from a joint investigation by Community Care magazine and the BBC News show that NHS mental health trusts are sending a growing number of people to out-of-area hospitals as demand for in-patient care outstrips local bed capacity. Read more »

Mental health dashboard Mental health dashboard

The mental health dashboard brings together information from a wide range of sources. It shows progress against objectives in the ‘No health without mental health strategy’ and gives a clear, concise picture of mental health outcomes. Read more »

Dr Martin McShane, Director for Long Term Conditions, NHS England Parity of esteem

Writing in a recent blog post, Dr Martin McShane Director for Long Term Conditions, NHS England, asserts that the disparity in approach between people with physical and mental health problems is inequitable and unfair. Read more »