Gary Berry, Baroness Gale, Steve Ford and Dr Rob Skelly at the parliamentary launch of the mental health report

Parkinson's UK calls on NHS England to prioritise mental health

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Parkinson's UK has joined 16 other charities calling on NHS England to prioritise mental health as part of their long term plan.

We have signed a consensus statement of principles for mental health which we hope to see in the forthcoming NHS Long Term Plan.

NHS England are currently working on their plan which will set the priorities and direction of healthcare for England over the next ten years.

People with Parkinson's can experience a number of mental health problems including psychosis, impulsive and compulsive behaviours, hallucinations, anxiety and depression.

A report 'Mental health matters too' by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Parkinson's found that people with Parkinson's' mental health is often overlooked and neglected.

The Mental Health Policy Group, made up of England's leading mental health organisations, have produced alongside partner organisations, including Parkinson's UK, a set 7 principles for mental health that should underpin and inform the NHS Long Term Plan. These principles are:

  1. The next decade must see real parity of esteem for mental health delivered – we want to see mental health valued as much as physical health.
  2. Mental health should be threaded throughout the Long Term NHS Plan.
  3. Improved mental health support is not just about the NHS – this should include other factors affecting mental health such as employment and housing.
  4. Holistic support is needed to help people of all ages manage both their physical and mental health.
  5. Ambitious pathways and waiting time standards are needed to ensure people with mental ill health receive the right treatment at the right time.
  6. A psychologically-informed workforce should be developed across all parts of the NHS, and is vital for providing a truly holistic, whole-person approach to all healthcare.
  7. The disproportionately low levels of research funding for mental health should be addressed.

Through signing this consensus statement, we hope to influence NHS England. We want them to adopt the above principles, address inadequate mental health care for people with Parkinson’s and help address the imbalance of physical and mental health care. 

The new Long Term Plan is expected to be published in the coming weeks.

For more information on each of the 7 principles and a full list of signatories, see the consensus statement below.

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Mental health consensus statement (PDF, 357KB)
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