Integrated care for the physical health of people with severe mental illness: no easy answers


Liz Hughes summarises a recent rapid review on integrated care to address the physical health needs of people with severe mental illness.

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Empowering, personalised and recovery-focused care planning and co-ordination: When will we ever learn?


Sarah Carr summarises the COCAPP mixed-methods study, which concludes that positive therapeutic relationships appear to be the most important factor in helping care planning and care coordination to be personalised and recovery-focused.

This blog also features an in-depth podcast interview with Professor Alan Simpson who led the COCAPP study, talking with Sarah Carr and André Tomlin about the research and it’s implications for mental health services.

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Implementation of Care Programme Approach for people with learning disabilities and mental health issues very limited in London NHS Trust

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Background The Care Programme Approach (CPA) was introduced in the early 1990s as a response to a number of high profile situations involving significant lack of coordination of care. The CPA meant that anyone with experiencing severe mental health problems and who meets one or more criteria, should have their care co-ordinated under the Care [read the full story…]

User-led research asks if the 2008 Care Programme Approach supports mental health service user understandings of recovery

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The Care Programme Approach (CPA) has been in operation in England since 1991. The revised 2008 CPA (PDF) is for people with mental health problems who are at risk or have complex support needs. It requires agencies involved to work together to provide services through an individual care plan. ‘Recovery’ is being promoted as a [read the full story…]