Mental and Physical Wellbeing
Most people will have a range of health needs spanning both mental and physical wellbeing. Unfortunately health services are often provided in a way that does not recognise the inter relationships between physical and mental health.
The Mental and Physical Wellbeing Theme aims to:
Create a person-centred holistic approach to care and service improvement, that recognises how mental and physical wellbeing together can improve patients health and experience
The impact of ignoring the link between mental and physical wellbeing is huge for example:
- Because people with schizophrenia have traditionally not had good physical health care they can have a reduced life expectancy of up to 15 years compared to people without a mental health problem.
- People with a chronic physical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, coronary artery disease or heart failure are twice as likely to have depression than the general population.
Seeing individuals as a whole person, with both mental and physical health needs will deliver better patient care and improved outcomes.
The Mental and Physical Wellbeing Theme will work to support the work of CLAHRC NWL to:
- embed whole person thinking across all delivery themes and projects
- involve patients to gain a better understanding of the interaction between physical and mental wellbeing
- identify priorities for improving the physical healthcare of people with severe and enduring mental health needs and the mental health of those with long term conditions
- build up collaborative working across mental and physical healthcare providers, commissioners and patients
- monitor and show demonstrable in clinical outcomes, patient experience and value for money.