A pioneering project led by Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I) tackling the physical health of people with serious mental illness has secured a £65,000 award to pinpoint those most in need of health care.
The money from the Health Foundation, an independent health and health care charity, will fund development of a sophisticated data dashboard and analysis tool that identifies high risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and diabetes in those with psychosis.
It will sit at the heart of C&I’s ongoing five-year programme to significantly reduce the mortality rate of those with psychosis, who on average die 15 to 25 years earlier than the rest of the population.
The new analysis system, funded under the Foundation’s “Innovating for Improvement” programme, will provide frontline mental health staff with key data indicating which service users are most in need of care for their physical health.
The Foundation will be monitoring the 15-month development work to see if C&I’s analysis method could be more widely adopted in the UK to improve health care quality.
Supported by the specialist QRISK2 predictive analytical software, C&I’s dashboard will display risk indicators in one place, analysing data drawn from a separate physical health screening tool that mental health teams already use to assess service users.
It is believed to be the first time that such an approach in analysing raw health data to assess risk has been undertaken in a secondary health setting.
Rob Murray, Divisional Director at C&I’s Recovery and Rehabilitation division, said: “We are delighted at winning this funding from the Health Foundation to support the innovative work we are doing in helping some of the most vulnerable in Camden and Islington improve their physical as well as their mental health needs and therefore the quality of their life.”
C&I’s approach - innovative in mental health services - works by coordinating and treating the physical and mental needs of people with psychosis in a proactive manner, led by the mental health trust.
Key targets cover reducing the suicide rate among psychosis patients, the number smoking and the prevalence of diabetes.
To achieve this, there has been enhanced physical health training for mental health staff, more rigrorous physical health screening of those with psychosis and the setting up of physical health wellbeing clinics in more than five locations in Camden and Islington.
C&I’s initiative is one of 21 health care projects across the UK being supported by the Foundation’s sixth round of its “Innovating for Improvement” programme. The aim is to improve health care delivery and/or the way people manage their own health care through the redesign of processes, practices and services.
Sarah Henderson, Associate Director from the Health Foundation, said of the projects: “We are keen to support innovation at the frontline across all sectors of health and care services, and I am pleased that we will be able to support these ambitious teams to develop and test their ideas over the next year.
“Our aim is to promote the effectiveness and impact of the teams’ innovations and show how they have succeeded in improving the quality of health care, with the intention of these being widely adopted across the UK.”
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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 2016/17 was £138million and we have approximately 2,000 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.
About the Health Foundation
The Health Foundation is an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK.
Our aim is a healthier population, supported by high quality health care that can be equitably accessed. We learn what works to make people’s lives healthier and improve the health care system. From giving grants to those working at the front line to carrying out research and policy analysis, we shine a light on how to make successful change happen.
We make links between the knowledge we gain from working with those delivering health and health care and our research and analysis. Our aspiration is to create a virtuous circle, using what we know works on the ground to inform effective policymaking and vice versa.
We believe good health and health care are key to a flourishing society. Through sharing what we learn, collaborating with others and building people’s skills and knowledge, we aim to make a difference and contribute to a healthier population. Visit our website: www.health.org.uk
C&I has moved the service we normally offer in emergency departments to our 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Assessment Service, at St Pancras Hospital. The service will see people in need of urgent care so that they do not have to go to a hospital emergency department unless they have an urgent medical need. Emergency departments are under unprecedented pressure due to COVID-19 – the illness caused by coronavirus. We are urging people in mental health crisis to telephone our 24/7 crisis line on 0800 917 3333 or contact their usual community mental health team. If service users attend the 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Assessment Service in person we will see you but we urge you to contact the crisis line in advance for advice to ensure you are only leaving home when absolutely necessary.