NHS Five Year Forward View, published in October 2014 by NHS England, set out a positive vision for the future based around seven new models of care and actions the NHS should take to ensure an equal response to mental and physical health, that everyone receives high quality care and a drive towards ensuring patients with mental illness and physical health needs are addressed at the same time.
The integration of mental and physical care and needs of patients is a priority in the NHS. The focus now is on how care is provided between physical and mental health services whilst ensuring a more flexible workforce is in place to provide high quality care wherever and whenever the patient needs.
In response to this, Health Education England commissioned UCLPartners, who in collaboration with NHS doctors, nurses, education fellows, multidisciplinary teams, academics, expert reference groups and key NHS partners and following a national needs assessment, have developed mental and physical health awareness training packages for use across NHS primary and secondary settings.
Breaking Down the Barriers aims to support the NHS workforce by providing awareness training materials to enhance existing skills, knowledge for early recognition, assessment, management and signposting of mental and physical health needs of patients.
Key programme training areas
Mental health awareness in NHS acute emergency and urgent care settings
Physical health awareness training in mental health settings, including the management of the acutely unwell and patients with long-term conditions
Serious Incidents case-based awareness training
Child and adolescent mental health (CAMHS) awareness training for GP practices
Child and adolescent learning (CAMHS) disabilities awareness training for GP practices
Why are we doing this?
People in England who have had mental health problems are five times as likely to be admitted to hospital as an emergency as those who have not. 75% of children and young people with mental health disorders are undiagnosed and untreated. People affected by severe mental illness can die up to 20 years younger than everyone else because of poor physical health.
Breaking Down the Barriers awareness training modules are free to the NHS
Select the link here for more information on the Breaking Down the Barriers training modules.