Mental health and parity of esteem: the long road ahead

Jon Rouse Director General, Social Care, Local Government and Care PartnershipsWriting in a recent blog post, Jon Rouse Director General, Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships, welcomes the report from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Whole-person care: from rhetoric to reality

He goes onto assert that

“Health and wellbeing boards will play a crucial role in coordinating and promoting collaboration between local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and health and social care providers.”

Rouse suggests that there are also some hard questions that Health and Wellbeing Boards need to be facing up to:

  • Is crisis care good enough in their area, in terms of access and response?
  • Are there sufficient independent mental health advocates?
  • Is the local IAPT programme going to achieve the national target of 15 percent access and 50 percent recovery rate by the target date in 2015?
  • Are employment support advisers embedded within the mental health service offer?
  • Are community and acute services working seamlessly or are people falling down the gaps?
  • Are mental health services adequately supporting the police and is there an effective liaison and diversion service?