Approximately 12% – 18% of all NHS expenditure on long-term conditions is linked to poor mental health and wellbeing; this is between £8 billion and £13 billion in England every year. Co-morbid mental health problems are prevalent in hospital settings; approximately one in four acute hospital beds are occupied by people with dementia.
The development of integrated support for people with long-term mental and physical health problems, such as dementia, promises to improve outcomes. Integrated care is the vital ingredient needed to help the NHS meet the challenges of quality, innovation, productivity and prevention (QIPP).
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