On Friday 6 May, National Mental Health Director, Claire Murdoch, and National Healthcare Inequalities Director, Dr Bola Owolabi co-hosted a webinar which discussed how we can reduce health inequalities to increase the numbers of people with a Severe Mental Illness (SMI) taking up an annual health check, using the Core20PLUS5 approach.
The recording of this webinar is now available to view.
People with SMI are at greater risk of poor physical health and die on average 15 to 20 years earlier than the general population – increasing the take up of physical health checks supports this group to be treated for physical health conditions as well as their mental health. In addition, the prevalence of SMI is higher in the most deprived quintile of the population as well as in black-British people.
The event shared good practice examples from the Race Equality Foundation, North East London Clinical Commissioning Group and a lived experience representative.
The recording and supporting materials are available on the Equality and Health Inequalities Network FutureNHS workspace.