Parity of esteem

Parity of esteemThis briefing paper, published by the Centre for Mental Health, provides an overview of the parity of esteem between mental and physical health. It also outlines what parity would look like with some key recommendations.

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Parity of esteem is the principle by which mental health must be given equal priority to physical health. It was enshrined in law by the Health and Social Care Act 2012. The government requires NHS England (the body which commissions primary care along with other key services) to work for parity of esteem to mental and physical health through the NHS Mandate.

The briefing paper explores the impact of poor mental health on physical health, the impact of poor physical health on mental health, the situation in urgent care and the gap between health and care resources. It also outlines what parity would look like with some key recommendations.