Quality improvement


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.

In light of recent events with COVID-19 and to support our colleagues in the NHS, NCAP will be running QI webinars instead of workshops focusing on outcome measurement in EIP teams. The webinars will be recorded and available online to make them accessible to those who would otherwise be unable to attend due to the unprecedented situation.

We are inviting NCAP audit leads, QI and governance personnel, EIP team clinicians and other interested staff to attend these regional QI webinars.

The webinars will focus on 'outcome measurement' from the EIP audit, what we are measuring and why, and how data can be used to review and improve EIP team quality and individual care.

Webinars will be led by NCAP EIP Clinical Advisors Dr Paul French and Professor Jo Smith and QI expert, Maureen McGeorge. If you would like to know more about our Clinical Advisors you can read their Biographies.

The regional webinars will be approximately 90 minutes in duration, including a Q&A session, and will be taking place on the following dates:

  • London – Monday 4th May 2020
  • Manchester – Friday 15th May 2020
  • York – Monday 18th May 2020
  • Cardiff – Monday 15th June 2020
  • Birmingham – Friday 19th June 2020

Places on the webinars are free.

The webinars will run from 10 - 11:30 am 

To book a place and receive a link to the webinar, please fill in this online form.

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