Whole-Person Care: Towards Parity Between Mental and Physical Health (Royal College of Psychiatrists)


This Royal College of Psychiatrists report discusses steps to achieve greater “parity of esteem” for mental health compared with physical health services.

“…mental health does not receive the same attention as physical health. People with mental health problems frequently experience stigma and discrimination, not only in the wider community but also from services. This is exemplified in part by lower treatment rates for mental health conditions and an underfunding of mental healthcare relative to the scale and impact of mental health problems”.

Read more: Whole-person care: from rhetoric to reality – Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health.

The main section headings in this report comprise:

  • Definition and vision for parity of esteem.
  • The funding gap: disparity in funding for mental health.
  • The treatment gap: disparity in access to treatment for mental health problems.
  • NHS Outcomes Framework Domain 1: Preventing people from dying prematurely.
  • NHS Outcomes Framework Domain 2: Enhancing quality of life for people with long-term conditions.
  • NHS Outcomes Framework Domain 3: Helping people to recover from episodes of ill-health or following injury.
  • NHS Outcomes Framework Domain 4: Ensuring that people have a positive experience of care
  • NHS Outcomes Framework Domain 5: Treating and caring for people in a safe environment and protecting them from avoidable harm.
  • A life-course approach: early intervention, children and young people and older people.
  • Measurement and monitoring of parity: data, research, audit and inspection.
  • A cross-government approach to parity.
  • Annex A1. Lester UK Adaptation: Positive Cardiometabolic Health Resource.
  • Annex A2. Programme for implementing the Lester UK Adaptation.
  • Annex B. Summary of recommendations for parity.
  • Annex C. Parity commitments from working group member organisations, Royal Colleges and others.
  • References.

Full Text Link


Whole-person care: from rhetoric to reality. Achieving parity between mental and physical health. London: Royal College of Psychiatrists, March 2013.

There is also an Executive Summary.

[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 9, August 2013].

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