This NHS Confederation report presents a case study of how Sandwell’s health commissioners responded to health inequalities in their local population. It shows how health service commissioners can develop a primary care-led approach to improving mental health and wellbeing, thereby reducing health inequalities and improving wider outcomes (in relation to physical health, social cohesion and economic productivity).
This report is devoted to the efforts of Sandwell’s health commissioners (then Sandwell PCT, now Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group). Sections in this report include:
- Executive summary.
- The drivers for change.
- The commissioning response.
- A collaborative primary care model for mental health and wellbeing.
- A stepped approach to provision.
- Learning points for implementation.
- Acknowledgements and references.
NHS Confederation (2012). A primary care approach to mental health and wellbeing: case study report on Sandwell. London: NHS Confederation, November 2012.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 5, January 2013].