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National recognition for pioneering care plan

The Bradford Physical Health Review template, championed by the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN, is now included in a new report by NHS England and listed in NICE’s Shared Learning Collection.

NHS England’s newly published Improving physical healthcare for people living with severe mental illness (SMI) in primary care report includes the Bradford Physical Health Review Template as a resource to  support Clinical Commissioning Groups’ (CCG) level planning around increasing access to and improving the quality of physical health care for people with SMI in primary care settings.

NEW WEBSITE PHMH PHOTO 2It will help to ensure delivery of the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health objective that, from 2018/19 onwards, at least 60 per cent of people on the SMI register should receive a comprehensive, annual physical health assessment and follow up care.

Ultimately this guidance should support CCGs and providers to play their part in reducing the current levels of premature mortality for people with SMI.

NHS England will be holding a series of webinars over the coming months to support CCG level planning around improving physical healthcare for people with SMI. More information on these is available through england.adultmh@nhs.net

The implementation of the template has been published in NICE’s Shared Learning Collection and will automatically be entered into the annual NICE Conference shared learning awards.

People with SMI are at risk of dying prematurely, in some cases 20 years earlier than the general population. Many of these deaths are preventable if conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular problems are identified and treated early. Estimates suggest there would be up to 12,000 fewer deaths from cardiovascular disease (CVD) if people with SMI had the same outcomes as the general population.

The Bradford Physical Health Review Template supports healthcare professionals to identify patients with conditions including high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular problems.

The Yorkshire & Humber AHSN has led the scaling up and adoption of the Bradford Physical Health Review Template. It is now being used by GP practices in approximately 129 CCGs across England. The Yorkshire & Humber AHSN also produced an e-learning module to support primary care staff complete the physical health assessments.

More information about this work is available on this link