Northern England Strategic Clinical Networks

Parity of esteem

We understand ‘Parity of Esteem’ to mean that a person’s physical and mental health needs are understood to be of equal importance, and treated as such. In reality it is impossible to separate our physical and mental health from one another however many of us, health professionals and public alike can still see them as very separate.

NHS England has developed a national programme of Parity of Esteem and has a particular focus on dementia, improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) and improving awareness and focus on the duties within the Mental Capacity Act which we are linked into. We have specific workstreams that support this common theme:

  • improving the physical health care of those with mental health problems
  • supporting the assessment and treatment of people’s mental health when they are being primarily treated for a physical health problem for example stroke or cancer

We’d like to hear from you if you would be willing to share examples of work you are doing.

We held an event on the 15 October 2014 at the Stadium of Light Sunderland to share practice and learning.  The event was a resounding success with over 200 delegates and we were fortunate to have a range of speakers from Northern England and also the National Clinical Directors for Mental Health, Heart Disease and Learning Disabilities.   Delegates then took part in a number of breakout sessions in the afternoon where a range of topics were discussed.   Presentations from the event can be found by clicking here