Quality improvement

We invited NCAP audit leads, QI and governance personnel, clinicians and other staff interested in QI to attend one of six Quality Improvement workshops throughout July and September 2018.

The aim of these workshops was to develop practical applications to address shortfalls identified in your National Clinical Audit of Psychosis core audit local report. Attendees were asked to discuss their findings with colleagues and select an item arising from their local report for discussion. 

The Lester UK Positive Cardiometabolic health resource


The Lester Positive Cardiometabolic Health Resource provides practitioners with a simple assessment and intervention framework to protect the cardiovascular and metabolic health of patients with severe mental illness receiving antipsychotic medication.

Adapted for UK use from an original Australian resource, in a process led by the late Professor Helen Lester, this resource has been produced through collaboration between the Royal Colleges of General Practitioners and of Psychiatrists, supported by NAS.

The Lester resource was recently updated with NHS England and Public Health England and is being used in the current NHS mental health CQUIN.

Download a PDF of the Positive Cardiometabolic Health Resource.

To request printed copies of the Lester tool, please email us.

Improving the physical health of people with serious mental illness – a practical toolkit

Between 2014 and 2016, NHS England worked with staff and patients in four mental health trusts to improve the cardiovascular (CVD) health outcomes and reduce premature mortality in people with serious mental illness. CVD is the biggest cause of premature death in this patient group.

This toolkit is designed to help other mental health trusts implement the Lester tool, using a combination of detailed case studies, short examples and supporting documents provided by each pilot site.

Download the toolkit.

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