Identifying and treating mental health issues in people with long-term conditions
Who: King's Health Partners
Supported through: Health Innovation Fund
Around 1 in 3 people with a long-term physical health condition, such as diabetes or heart disease, also have a mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety. And nearly half of people with a diagnosed mental health condition, such as mood disorder or schizophrenia, have at least one physical health condition.
However, health services tend to treat physical and mental health separately. This results in patients not being treated holistically. And the resulting gaps in care can delay or prevent recovery.
We are committed to supporting projects that treat the whole person, and that recognise that mental and physical health problems are often connected.
IMPARTS (Integrating Mental & Physical healthcare: Research, Training & Services) is a King’s Health Partners initiative that is encouraging the detection and management of mental health problems in patients with physical health problems, and vice versa.
This pioneering initiative is looking to integrate mental and physical healthcare in research, training and clinical services at Guy’s, St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS foundation trusts.
As part of our work on improving care for people with long-term conditions, we’re supporting the IMPARTS programme.
We’re supporting Guy’s and St Thomas’ dermatology department to implement whole-person care by funding a clinical psychologist to be based in the department.
People with severe skin conditions often have psychological issues, including poor self-esteem, social isolation, depression and suicidal behaviour. However, fewer than 10% of UK dermatology departments have clinical psychology support.
Having a clinical psychologist in place in the department will mean that patients receive expert, timely psychological screening and treatment