As Charlotte Alldritt, Director, Public Services and Communities at the RSA has described, The Open Public Services Network (OPSN) has been exploring the opportunities of using publicly available health and local authority data for improving lives.
Having supported the OPSN for a number of years, working on awareness campaigns that analyse the performance of education metrics across the country, this project represented an opportunity for our team to take what is essentially complex data content and distill this into an easily understandable format for everyone.
The outcome was a user-focused digital presence that helps the UK’s general public review their local GP’s performance on providing key checkups for those with and without mental health issues.
At times, GPs can be seen to be failing to look after the physical health needs of mental health users. Citing the RSA’s press release, “the data shed new light on the fact that people experiencing serious mental health illnesses are more likely to die younger:
- In NHS Bath and North East Somerset CCG mortality rates are 37 per cent below average for the whole population but 307 per cent above average for people with SMI.
- In NHS Wokingham CCG mortality rates are 29 per cent below average for the whole population but 305 per cent for people with SMI.
- NHS Kingston CCG mortality rates are 28 per cent below average for the whole population but 340 per cent above average for people with SMI.”
Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind said:
Living a longer life shines a light on the desperate need for the physical health needs of people with mental health problems to be effectively met. It is a wake-up call for Government and local commissioners to ensure they have accurate data on health outcomes for people with mental health problems and provide the vital services and support needed for people to live a full and healthy life.
Mind is calling for people with lived experience of mental health to access the site and make sure they are registered with a GP and are discussing with them how best to look after their physical health.
Our Living a long life? website includes information about the extent to which people living with a mental health condition are likely to suffer higher rates of physical illness and die prematurely as a result.