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Provision of health promotion programmes to people with serious mental illness: a mapping exercise of four South London boroughs

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  • C. O'Brien MSc MPhil,

    Research Worker, Corresponding author
    1. Department of Psychosis Studies, King's College London, London
    • Correspondence:

      C. O'Brien

      Department of Psychosis Studies

      Institute of Psychiatry

      King's College London

      London, SE5 8AF

      UK

      E-mail: conan.o'brien@kcl.ac.uk

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  • P. Gardner-Sood BA MSc,

    IMPaCT RCT Trial Coordinator
    1. Department of Psychosis Studies, King's College London, London
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  • S. K. Corlett FFPH MSc MBChB,

    Honorary Research Fellow
    1. Department of Primary and Social Care, Faculty of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University, London
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  • K. Ismail BA Hons BM BCh MRCP MRCPsych MSc PhD,

    Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine and Honorary Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist
    1. Department of Psychological Medicine, Institute of Psychiatry, Weston Education Centre, King's College London, London
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  • S. Smith FRCPsych FRSM CUBS MD,

    Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Senior Lecturer
    1. Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Science, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, London
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  • Z. Atakan FRCPsych MD,

    Consultant Psychiatrist and Honorary Senior Lecturer
    1. Department of Psychosis Studies, King's College London, London
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  • K. Greenwood PhD DClinPsy CPsychol,

    Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Research Fellow
    1. School of Psychology, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
    2. First Episode Psychosis Service, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Sussex, UK
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  • C. Joseph BSc MSc,

    Trainee Clinical Psychologist
    1. School of Psychology, University of East London, London
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  • F. Gaughran MB BCh BAO FRCPI FRCP FRCPsych MD

    Lead Consultant Psychiatrist, Physical Health Lead, Honorary Senior Lecturer
    1. Department of Psychosis Studies, King's College London, London
    2. National Psychosis Service, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, London
    3. Psychosis Clinical Academic Group, Kings Health Partners, London
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  • Funding: This poster summarizes independent research funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) under its [IMPaCT] Programme (Grant Reference Number RP PG-0606-1049). The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health.
  • Declaration of interest: None.

Abstract

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  • Background: People with serious mental illness (SMI) are at increased risk of developing various physical health diseases, contributing to significantly reduced life expectancies compared with the general population. In light of this, the Department of Health have set the physical health of people with mental health problems as a priority for improvement. Additionally, the UK government encourages the NHS and local authorities to develop health promotion programmes (HPPs) for people with SMI.
  • Aims: To document how many and what types of HPPs were available to people with SMI across four South London boroughs, UK.
  • Results: We found 145 HPPs were available to people with SMI across the four boroughs, but with an inequitable distribution. We also found that certain HPPs set admission criteria that were likely to act as a barrier to improving health.
  • Conclusions: A more integrated approach of documenting and providing information regarding the provision of HPPs for or inclusive of people with SMI is needed.

Abstract

People with serious mental illness (SMI) such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorders and bipolar disorder are at increased risk of developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease and respiratory disease, contributing to significantly reduced life expectancies. As a result, emphasis has been placed on developing Health Promotion Programmes (HPPs) to modify the risk of poor physical health in SMI. We examined how many and what types of HPPs are available for or inclusive of people with SMI across four borough in South London, UK. A cross-sectional mapping study was carried out to identify the number of HPPs available to people with SMI. We found 145 HPPs available to people with SMI existed across the four boroughs but with an inequitable distribution, which in some boroughs we anticipate may not meet need. In some cases, HPPs set admission conditions which were likely to further impede access. We recommend that accurate and readily available information on the provision of HPPs for or inclusive of people with SMI is needed.

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