Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I) is seeing significant success in its five year drive to improve the physical health of service users with psychosis so they no longer lag behind the general population in terms of life expectancy.
Ten per cent of service users in Camden and Islington, who have psychosis and who are involved in the initiative, no longer smoke thanks to the support received.
The Trust is now expanding its programme to tackle other physical health problems in this group, such as diabetes and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) alongside reducing suicide levels.
Working with C&I’s clinical commissioning groups, the Trust is well on target to meet its key aims:
Reducing the suicide rate among psychosis patients by 20% by 2022
Cutting the percentage of smokers in this group by 2% by 2020
Widespread screening for diabetes in these individuals to stabilise levels to 18% or lower by 2022
Acting Chief Operating Officer, Andy Stopher, who is leading the “Integrated Practice Unit for Psychosis” project, said: “Our aim is to ensure our service users have the support they need to live longer, healthier and happier lives putting their overall healthcare on an equal footing with everyone else’s.”
Supporting the drive to cut smoking, more than 195 Trust staff have trained as Level 1 smoking cessation advisors, 26 to Level 2 and ten to Level 3.
In Camden, 106 were offered help to quit and 50 have been allocated it, with 14 quitters to date; 54 declined help.
In Islington, 102 service users have been offered help to quit smoking. Of those, 41 have reduced their smoking and more than 10% - 13 in total - have quit; 48 declined support.
Other milestones include the opening of five physical health and wellbeing clinics, run by the Trust’s Recovery and Rehabilitation Division.
Staff have also been issued with Physical Health Skills Passports, for monitoring and logging additional physical health assessment training.
A specially-designed Physical Health Screening Tool has led to assessments and further help or treatment for more than 120 service users.
Data collected showed that:
75 service users - 60 per cent of those screened - were smokers
Seven had COPD
Thirty three had diabetes
Thirty two had worrying blood pressure levels
26 were assessed as obese – with a Body Mass Index (BMI) above 30
Ten were referred for occupational therapy
Notes to Editors
Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust – Strategic Priorities *
Our three strategic priorities are:
Early and effective intervention
Helping people to live well
Research and innovation
About Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust
We provide mental health and substance misuse services to people living in Camden and Islington, and a substance misuse and psychological therapies service to residents in Kingston.
We have two inpatient facilities, at Highgate Mental Health Centre and St Pancras Hospital, as well as community based services throughout the London boroughs of Camden and Islington. Our Trust is also a member of University College London Partners (UCLP), one of the world’s leading academic health science partnerships.
We provide services for adults of working age, adults with learning difficulties, and older people in the London area either in a community or inpatient setting.
Our income for 2015/16 was £138million and we have approximately 1,700 staff. Our staff work in multi-disciplinary teams providing a holistic approach to recovery. This means that we often work with partner agencies and the voluntary sector. Camden and Islington Mental Health and Social Care Trust was established in 2002. In March 2008 we became the first Care Trust to achieve Foundation Trust status and are licensed by NHS Improvement.