Outcomes for mental health services What really matters?

New report published by The Kings Fund explores and debates what outcomes really matter for people receiving mental health care services.

The Kings Fund in this paper recognize that attention more recently has turned to achieving value in services for people with mental health problems. This paper considers the

“… various approaches that have been adopted in the design and pursuit of high-level ‘outcomes of care’ for mental health services. These outcomes of care might include reductions in the medical signs and symptoms of illness, improvements in functioning, life expectancy, the development of capabilities needed to live a fulfilling life, or improvements against measures of the quality of people’s lives. The paper considers the approaches that some commissioners have adopted to specifying desired high-level outcomes of care in their contracts for services. It also includes the approaches that health care providers have adopted to defining and measuring high-level outcomes of
care. It reflects on the advantages and disadvantages of current approaches, all of which have their merits, and makes some suggestions for the future.”

At a time when SUF and other partners have been working with service users/patients and family carers to help ensure people have an active voice in how our mental health services will be designed and delivered in east and west Suffolk, this is an informative and helpful discussion.

The full paper can be read by using the following link;

The Kings Fund Outcomes in Mental Health

The King’s Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and care in England. “We help to shape policy and practice through research and analysis; develop individuals, teams and organisations; promote understanding of the health and social care system; and bring people together to learn, share knowledge and debate. Our vision is that the best possible health and care is available to all.”

To find out more visit their website The Kings Fund