New NHS operating framework focuses on mental health issues

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The new NHS operating framework has been published today and it sets priorities on a number of mental health issues.

The Department of Health press release says:

The operating framework describes the national priorities, system levers and enablers needed for NHS organisations to maintain and improve the quality of services provided, while delivering transformational change and maintaining financial stability.

It’s good to see the parity between physical health and mental health in the framework; building on the mental health outcomes strategy, No Health Without Mental Health.

Mental health topics covered in the framework include:

  • Dementia and the care of older people
  • Carers
  • Military and veterans’ health
  • Access to psychological therapies
  • The physical healthcare of those with mental illness
  • Offender health
  • Targeted support for child and young people

The Operating Framework for the NHS in England 2012/13 (PDF). Department of Health, 24 Nov 2011.

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Andre Tomlin

Andre Tomlin

André started the Mental Elf website in May 2011. He has worked as an Information Scientist in Mental Health since the late nineties; initially at Oxford University's Centre for Evidence-Based Mental Health and since 2002 as the Managing Director of Minervation Ltd. He loves blogging, social media and elves! He also has established interests in evidence-based healthcare, usability testing and web design.

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