Health professionals - Physical health: resources
Rethink Mental Illness has developed a comprehensive range of materials to build confidence and raise awareness of the physical health needs of people affected by mental illness. These resources are designed for professionals across primary and secondary care.
The barriers to better physical healthcare for people with severe mental illness are related as much to communication and knowledge as the obstacles we are already aware of, i.e. diagnostic overshadowing, inflexible GP services, medication side effects and motivational problems. In respect of knowledge, there seems to be a consensus (as we are well aware) that mental health nurses lack both the training and the confidence to manage common physical health problems. However, we’re nearly there.... we know what the issues are, let’s work out a way to tackle them. Let’s enable our service users to get the physical health care they deserve.
Sue Blakely, Supporting Health Nurse, MHSCT
This supports primary and secondary care services to work together to monitor and address the physical health needs of people affected by mental illness.
This tool is designed to improve the monitoring of physical health for people with severe mental illness. It provides a structured way of assessing physical health concerns. A key part of the check is the action plan, drawn up collaboratively by health professionals and people using mental health services.
You can support people you work with by sharing this guide to healthy living. It is full of practical information and helpful tips for people affected by mental illness.
This is our guide to physical health for carers, families and friends. This booklet helps carers to get better physical healthcare for the person they support. It contains tips on medication, preparing for GP appointments and information sharing.
This is a great, simple resource with all the basic facts you need to know about physical health checks. It is something that can be easily shared online or stuck up in a waiting room at a GP surgery.
This is a free, easy to use training package designed to fill a training gap and give health professionals the confidence to address the physical health of people affected by mental illness. Developed in collaboration with experts in the field of mental and physical health, the e-learning package highlights some key physical health risks and demonstrates how a variety of health professionals have a role to play in addressing these issues.
A useful guide for GP surgeries on making reasonable adjustments for people affected by mental illness, as outlined in the Equality Act 2010.
The Prescribing Observatory for Mental Health (POMH-UK) has produced a physical health information booklet for young people taking antipsychotic medication. It may also be helpful for families and carers when a child or young person is first prescribed medication.
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