This paper, published jointly by The King’s Fund and the Centre for Mental Health, suggests that developing more integrated support for people with mental and physical health problems could improve outcomes and play an important part in helping the NHS meet the quality, innovation, productivity and prevention challenge.
The paper suggests that care for a large number of people with long-term conditions could be improved by:
integrating mental health support with primary care and chronic disease management programmes
improving the provision of liaison psychiatry services in acute hospitals
providing health professionals of all kinds with basic mental health knowledge and skills
removing policy barriers to integration, for example, through redesign of payment mechanisms.