In healthcare, mental and physical health services are often disconnected, and we often think of the mind and body separately. Yet, poor physical health can lead to an increased risk of experiencing psychological distress or developing a mental health condition. Likewise, poor mental health can negatively impact a person’s physical health and increase their risk of developing some conditions.
Evidence shows that by joining up physical and mental healthcare, we can help someone to manage their different conditions, improve their health outcomes, and even prevent unnecessary health problems for some people by identifying risk early. We know that where people have both a physical and mental illness, they are less able to manage their conditions and their health outcomes are worse.
The Integrating Mental & Physical healthcare: Research, Training & Services (IMPARTS) package for physical healthcare settings is designed to support clinical teams in providing timely, tailored, evidence-based holistic care to patients presenting at King’s Health Partners Acute Trusts.
IMPARTS is part of King’s Health Partners and currently operates at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospitals.