People living with severe mental illness (SMI) face one of the greatest health inequality gaps in the UK. In the Thames Valley, life expectancy is reduced by an average of 15–20 years mainly due to preventable physical illness.
In order to support progress to prevent this inequality, the mental health network held a Thames Valley-wide workshop on 5 December 2018 in Reading. At this workshop, national and local leaders highlighted the case for change and progress towards the Five Year Forward View physical health in SMI goals. CCGs and Trusts have set up models for completing health checks and whilst further embedding is needed, there now needs to be a focus on ensuring that interventions are in place to improve physical health, and support is available to enable those with mental illness to access these.
You can view the presentations from the day here