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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André Tomlin is an Information Scientist with 20 years experience working in evidence-based healthcare. He's worked in the NHS, for Oxford University and since 2002 as Managing Director of Minervation Ltd, a consultancy company who do clever digital stuff for charities, universities and the public sector. Most recently André has been the driving force behind the Mental Elf and the National Elf Service; an innovative digital platform that helps professionals keep up to date with simple, clear and engaging summaries of evidence-based research. André is a Trustee at the Centre for Mental Health and an Honorary Research Fellow at University College London Division of Psychiatry. He lives in Bristol, surrounded by dogs, elflings and lots of woodland!

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