The Kings Fund has published ‘Mental health and new models of care: Lessons from the vanguards’.
This report draws on recent research with vanguard sites in England, conducted in partnership with the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The researchers found that where new models of care have been used to remove the barriers between mental health and other parts of the health system, local professionals saw this as being highly valuable in improving care for patients and service users. But there remains much to be done to fully embed mental health into integrated care teams, primary care, urgent and emergency care pathways, and in work on population health.
Some key findings are:
- Knowledge and skills around psychology and mental health are important features of integrated care, whatever the client group.
- Emerging evidence from some vanguard sites suggests that integrated approaches to mental health can help to support improved performance across the wider health system.
- Despite this, the level of priority given to mental health in the development of new models of care has not always been sufficiently high.
- Some areas report that new models of care have made it easier for local professionals to obtain informal advice from mental health professionals without making a referral, creating a more seamless experience for patients.
- Working closely with voluntary sector organisations has allowed integrated care teams in some vanguard sites to better support the mental health and wellbeing of people with complex needs.
Read the report here