The Royal College of Psychiatrists has issued guidance to help local areas organise specialist mental health services for older people, involving old age psychiatrists. Various aspects of older adults’ mental health are mapped to themes in the NHS Long Term Plan and to the NHS LTP Mental Health Implementation Plan. The main sections in the report cover:
- Current context.
- An ageing and frailer population.
- How old-age psychiatrists help to meet the needs of older people.
- Where do old-age psychiatrists work?
- How the Long-Term Plan (LTP) will take things forward.
- The Long-Term Plan and integrated care systems.
- Older people’s mental health within the LTP.
- Next steps and recommendations
- Improved understanding of need and the current provision to meet these needs.
- Local five-year plans must include explicit reference to OPMH.
- Planning of EHCH (Enhanced Health in Care Homes) models.
- Appendix 1: Service examples.
- Appendix 2: Views of patients, carers, health and social care professionals and commissioners about the role of old-age psychiatrists.
- Appendix 3: Key points from the 2016 literature review on integration and older adults’ mental health.
Delivering the NHS Long-Term Plan’s ambition of ageing well: Old age psychiatry as a vital resource. London: Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP); Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry, October 2019.
Related Interest: NHS England’s Community Mental Health Framework
The Community Mental Health Framework also relates community mental health care to a place-based community mental health model.
The community mental health framework for adults and older adults. London: NHS England / NHS Improvement and the National Collaborating Central for Mental Health, September 29th 2019.
Full implementation guidance for the Community Mental Health Framework for Adults and Older Adults will be available from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Patient Information on Memory Problems and Dementia
The Royal College of Psychiatrists has created a webpage for the general public on memory problems and dementia:
Bhattacharyya, S. [and] Martin, J. (2019). Memory problems and dementia. [Online]: Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP), October 2019.