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Lynsey Bowker – Supporting the physical health of people with serious mental illness

Lynsey Bowker YHAHSNIt was great to see Kate Dale of Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust (BDCFT) give such a great insight into the work she and her colleagues have been delivering in Bradford, helping to improve the physical health of people with serious mental illness (SMI).

Speaking at our Innovation, Improvement and Impact conference last month, Kate provided an overview to the project and to the support we have offered through the Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN).

Our role at the AHSN is to assist in supporting the adoption of the programme across the region and beyond by linking with other Mental Health (MH) trusts and AHSNs. As patients with SMI are at risk of dying up to 25 years younger than the general population due to a physical health (rather than mental health) problem, successful adoption within Yorkshire alone has the potential to save thousands of people from dying prematurely.

Since April three sites have started to roll out the programme within the region and these will be pilot sites to enable us to learn the challenges that may exist for organisations when adopting the scheme. Initial feedback has been encouraging though and Kate herself has been very involved in supporting the organisations wherever possible.

Kate’s passion and enthusiasm for this project will be a major contributory factor to the successful adoption of the programme, her determination to overcome any challenge, however big or small is infectious and it’s been great to work with her on this programme.

To find out the opportunities that exist to engage with this programme please contact me.

Lynsey.bowker@yhahsn.com
01924 664722