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New mental health, dementia and neurology networks provide the tools for better health

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Social Care News is pleased to report that Public Health England (PHE)'s National Mental Health Dementia and Neurology Intelligence Networks successfully launched last week. The networks support the delivery of improved physical and mental wellbeing services in local areas and reduce the negative impacts of ill health. PHE's James Seward reveals the intended benefits the networks will bring to the work of commissioners, local decision makers and other health professionals.

We've launched the new Mental Health, Dementia and Neurology Intelligence Networks in partnership with NHS England, and with the support of the Department of Health. The networks’ website includes new profiling tools for common mental health disorders, severe mental illness and neurology, as well as community mental health profiles.

James Seward
James Seward, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Public Health England: 'For the first time, these tools bring a range of nationally reported data sources together in one place.'

For the first time, these tools bring a range of nationally reported data sources together in one place. We will be working with health professionals and commissioners to help them use this information to improve the health and wellbeing of their communities.

Those commissioning and providing care will be able to compare themselves with their neighbours and other places across the country where the local population has similar needs. This will support them in learning from others and sharing best practice.

The network will continue to develop and we will work with local partners to expand the current tools and resources. Later this year we hope to produce new profiles covering children and young people’s mental health, co-existing mental health and addictions issues, and dementia.

In addition to the Mental Health, Dementia and Neurology Intelligence Networks, Public Health England has health intelligence networks focusing on cancer, child and maternal health, cardiovascular disease and end of life care.

If you are a health professional or commissioner, I urge you to visit the networks’ website and consider how these resources can support you in improving the quality and value of your services.

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  1. Comment by termite posted on

    Too many psychiatrist treat symptoms but nobody looks at the causes.
    If mental illness is going to be tackled, then someone needs to start looking at the root causes and find other ways o managing mental illness other than being dependant on the BNF.
    The only guarantee you get from seeing a psychiatrist is that you will come away with yet another bottle of pills.
    Psychiatrists don't care about the patient, their clinics are just conveyor belts and they decide if they want to see you, rather than you being able to see them when the need arises.

    In the 50's / 60's treatments were cruel, but staff had time to spend with patients, to sit and talk, to get to the bottom of what was worrying the patient, now nursing is just a 'tick box' exercise with very little if any, understanding of the root causes.

    It is okay to have toolkits and information available, but not if it just means another 'tick box' exercise. Patients need quality time to be allowed to open and talk about their issues ... but nobody really cares!