Hounslow CCG recognised for physical health checks achievement
Hounslow Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is ranked second in London for the number of patients with serious and long term mental health needs receiving physical health checks.
Sixty four per-cent of Hounslow residents with serious mental health needs received full physical health checks in the 12 months up to March 2019.
Why is this important?
As many as one in four people will experience some form of mental illness at some point in their lives.
Mental health problems range from reactions to normal life events like bereavement, which may lead to depression or anxiety, and more complex conditions such as schizophrenia.
People living with mental health needs are more likely to have a preventable serious illness, such as cancer, heart disease or diabetes – and to die much earlier than the general population, mainly from natural causes that could be avoided.
Improving the number of people who receive physical health checks can therefore make a significant difference to their lives.
Hounslow CCG is committed to improving the quality of life of residents who are living with mental health needs by focusing on their physical as well as mental health.
The uptake of physical health checks for residents with serious mental illness has improved throughout the year (2018/19):
Hounslow now tops the list of the eight CCGs in North West London. Five of the eight CCGs sit in the top six across the capital and are rated green for achieving over 50% coverage.
City and Hackney CCG topped the list, with 72% of their residents with serious mental health needs receiving full physical health checks.
Dr Annabel Crowe, GP Mental Health Clinical Lead and Governing Body Member for Hounslow CCG said:
“I am proud of Hounslow’s achievement. GPs have been supported to ensure people with long-term mental health needs get a comprehensive annual review and a co-produced health and well-being plan.
The next step will be to make sure these checks enable this vulnerable group of people to make healthier life choices and encourage their GPs to start proactively monitoring physical health conditions.
Hopefully the planned wider use of social prescribing and better access to activities will support this and help all of our residents to lead longer and healthier lives.”
NHS England has set the target for next year (2019/20) to be 60%.
If you are experiencing mental health problems it is important to know that you are not alone and there is plenty of help out there to improve your mental well-being.
In an emergency, if your GP surgery is closed, go to your nearest A&E and ask to see the psychiatrist on duty.
For help in a crisis, you can also call 0300 1234 244, 24 hours a day (West London NHS Trust).
To find out more about mental health and for a range of useful tools to help with your mental wellbeing, visit the NHS choices website.
There are also a number of charities that provide support and advice to people with mental health illnesses: