Priorities for mental health: economic report for the NHS England Mental Health Taskforce

PARSONAGE Michael, GRANT Claire, STUBBS Jessica
Centre for Mental Health
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This report provides an economic analysis of possible priorities for service improvement in mental health and sets out nine priority areas where there is good evidence of cost-effective interventions. The work was commissioned by NHS England to provide evidence to the five-year strategy produced by the independent Mental Health Taskforce. The priority areas cover prevention and early intervention; better mental health care for people with physical health problems; and improved support for people with severe mental illness. The nine priorities for investment identified are: identification and treatment of anxiety and depression for women during pregnancy and after childbirth; treatment of conduct disorder in young children; early intervention services for first episode psychosis; liaison psychiatry services in acute hospitals; integrated care for people with long-term physical and mental health conditions; improved management of medically unexplained symptoms and related complex needs; supported employment services for people with severe mental illness; community-based alternatives to acute inpatient care for people in a crisis; and interventions to improve the physical health of people with severe mental illness. For each priority area the report provides a short review of the available evidence on why it is a priority area and the availability of interventions; identification, description and costing of a specific proposal for service improvement; and quantitative analysis of the consequences of the specified service improvement. (Edited publisher abstract)

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cost effectiveness, prevention, early intervention, mental health problems, mental health care, severe mental health problems, mental health services, outcomes, intervention, service development, economic evaluation;
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