Mental Health and the Productivity Challenge report

27th January 2011

A new report about efficiencies in mental health extensively cites recovery approaches – including peer working – as one means of providing savings at the same time as ensuring better outcomes.

Mental health and the productivity challenge: Improving quality and value for money” is by the King’s Fund and Centre for Mental Health, with the support of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network. These agencies have worked together to explore how mental health services could be delivered in a different and more cost-effective way.

The conclusion of their research, which included an expert seminar and a review of evidence, is that there is scope for mental health services not only to improve their own productivity but also to support productivity improvements in other parts of the NHS.

The report focuses on four main areas:

  • Immediate priorities for improving productivity in existing mental health service
  • What mental health services can offer to improve productivity in the NHS as a whole
  • The economic benefits beyond the NHS of improved mental health care
  • The longer-term challenge of building a preventive and empowering mental health system

Many case studies and practical examples are included, and there are recommendations for action that involve everyone in the health service.

A copy of the report can be downloaded here 


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