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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Improving physical health

Friday 13 January

Regular readers of this blog will know I've had ongoing meetings with Dr David Shiers around improving the physical health of young people with mental illness. I thought you like to know what work the College Centre for Quality Improvement (CCQI) are doing on this.

Physical health standards are already an important component of the quality networks and accreditation programmes that CCQI runs. Standards for all these quality improvement programmes are currently being reviewed to see if they can be further strengthened.

The physical health needs of people who use mental health services is also central to the National Audit of Schizophrenia, which will be published later this year. We had an excellent response to the audit and data provided clinicians and colleagues from around the country are currently being complied. We are working with service users from Rethink Mental Illness on the audit, and will use its publication to promote a Physical Health Booklet they have developed to  help service users play an active role in ensuring they receive high quality physical health care. We are also working with colleagues at the Royal College of General Practitioners to develop clear recommendations for improving liaison between primary and secondary care, which we will also promote when the audit findings are released.



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