Some populations are at a higher risk of experiencing poor mental health; of being underserved by mental health services and requiring targeted support to ensure that their needs are met. To identify inequalities in prevalence of mental health problems, access to services and outcomes it can be helpful to look at population sub-groups. The main findings have been summarised as an infographic.
It has five main sections, which cover the following topics:
- Population Demographics: the current and predicted future population size of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
- Inequalities in Mental Health and Mental Health Services: local population groups which face inequalities in mental health and mental health services.
- Smoking and Health Behaviours: the links between mental health and health behaviours, including smoking.
- Comorbidity in Physical and Mental Health: the links between physical and mental health.
- Substance Use: the links between mental health and substance use, with a focus on the barriers people with co-occurring mental health conditions and substance use face when accessing mental health services.
Priorities for future work
A key output from this needs assessment was the identification of priorities for future work. These are listed below:
- Map local assets in the community for ethnic minority groups and support building those up
- How are the needs of ethnically and gender diverse individuals interpreted by health and mental health care professionals?
- Promote disaggregation of mental health inequalities beyond broad ethnic categories. Improve detailed data and insights to better recognise, understand and reflect the experiences of different minoritised ethnic groups.
- What are local waiting times for interpretation services?
- Explore inequalities in the prevalence of mental health conditions, and in mental health services, for people with physical disabilities.
- Explore inequalities in the prevalence of mental health conditions, and in mental health services, for people with brain injury.
- Develop local estimates of SMD at district level
- Go through with partners whether the system meets the NICE quality standard for Integrated health and social care for people experiencing homelessness
- Develop understanding of potential mental health inequalities faced by people living in rural areas in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
- Promote and share analysis of Did Not Attend (DNA) rates across services, segmented to highlight inequalities.
- Update data on the prevalence of physical and mental health comorbidity in C & P.
- Do people with SMI who attend physical checks get referred to, and complete, health interventions as a result (such as smoking cessation interventions)? Does attending a physical health check improve health outcomes for people with SMI?
- Understanding the health needs of people who take antipsychotics but are not eligible for the SMI register
- Exploring reasons why some people on the SMI register do not receiving health checks
- Understanding if everyone who is eligible is included in the SMI register; and if not, what the reasons are behind this
- Go through with partners whether the system meets the NICE quality standard for assessment, management and care for people who have coexisting severe mental illness and substance misuse
- Continue developing local estimates of severe multiple disadvantage, working with local PHI team
- Investigate shared patient records across agencies for mental health, drugs, alcohol use and contact with primary, secondary care and police services. Look at possibility within the Shared Care record programme.
- Exploring the elements of the Stepped Care Community Mental Health programme and ensure they are replicated in the roll out across the county.
- Build understanding/relationships between CGL and mental health services (e.g. workshops), including with core CPFT services like adult locality teams.
- Exploring the potential for ‘joined-up’ commissioning between substance use and mental health services.
- Developing systematic training on co-occurring conditions for staff in CGL, primary care and CPFT.
- Investigating follow-up support for people with co-occurring conditions who present in crisis
- Use the CPFT data warehouse to estimate levels of drug and alcohol use amongst people using mental health services