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Not everyone is capable of asking for checks

Thousands of people with serious mental illness (SMI) could now be saved from an early death thanks to an innovative scheme in Bradford helping to lead the parity of esteem agenda.  A new system is being used in 80 GP surgeries with 5,000 patients with serious mental illness; across 5 new clinics; and within hospitals with 200 plus beds in order to help improve the physical health of patients.

The template system, produced in bespoke versions for primary & secondary care IT, makes sure patients get key physical checks they are entitled to such as blood pressure pulse and respiration, height weight & body mass index (BMI) and blood tests.

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NHS England:  Thousands of patients could be saved thanks to Bradford scheme

Bradford DCT mental health services

Case Study:  Physical healthcare of patients with severe mental illness

NICE:  Psychosis & schizophrenia in adults

Bradford creates single point of access

The Health Foundation responds to a pledge by the Liberal Democrats to raise mental health funding to £3.5bn over the next parliament