Tag Archives: Mental health

Thriving at Work: a review of mental health and employers

A Policy Briefing aimed at healthcare professionals is available for LKS staff to share in their own organisations. This has been produced and shared by the JET Library, Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Please feel free to reproduce it (with acknowledgement to JET Library) for your own purposes.

Impact on library policy/practice: 

Whilst this driver is something that needs to be implemented at a higher level, there are still some things libraries can do to support it and the document demonstrates that investment in mental-health initiatives show a positive return.

Firstly, all NHS libraries contribute to the provision of information to patients and the public, and there are a number of suggestions in the PPI Ideas Bank that support mental wellbeing, including:

  • Offering work placements in the library team for service users recovering from mental illness.
  • Service user reading groups or book clubs
  • Provide materials for Recovery Colleges
  • Provide access to self-help collections such as the Reading Agency’s Books on Prescription titles, or Mood Boosting books

Libraries also support the wellbeing of staff (as recommended in the Boorman review), and this might be through self-help book collections, craft or reading groups, stress relief initiatives such as jigsaws and colouring books, organising mindfulness training, writing competitions, organising ‘pets as therapy’ sessions, or in many other ways. As well as staff, the needs of students need to be considered, and many universities are running programmes to support their students especially during exam time and NHS libraries might be involved in these, run their own, or signpost to them.

Libraries can also support managers to support their staff, and could look at what resources they have on managing staff wellbeing or engagement.

Whilst these are no substitute for formal mental health support, they are things that could help promote mental wellbeing and reduce the burden of mental ill-health on the individual and the organisation.

Source: Department for Work and Pensions and Department of Health

Link to main document

Publication format: PDF

Date of publication: October 2017

Summary of driver: Thriving at Work sets out what employers can do to better support all employees, including those with mental health problems to remain in and thrive through work.

Key features of driver:

  • 300,000 people with long-term mental-health problems lose their jobs every year
  • Around 15% of people in work have symptoms of an existing mental-health condition
  • The cost to employers of mental ill-health is estimated at between £33bn and £42bn
  • The cost to the Government is estimated at between £24bn and £27bn
  • The cost to the economy as a whole is estimated at between £74bn and £99bn
  • Case studies consistently show a positive return on investment for mental-health initiatives
  • Employers should:
    • Produce, implement and communicate a mental-health-at-work plan
    • Develop mental-health awareness among employees
    • Encourage open conversations about mental health and the support available
    • Provide employees with good working conditions
    • Promote effective people management
    • Routinely monitor employees’ mental health and wellbeing
  • Larger employers should increase transparency through internal and external reporting and provide tailored in-house mental-health support
  • In the public sector:
    • Regulatory bodies should include employers’ handling of mental health in assessments
    • Senior leaders should have a performance objective of supporting mental health
    • NHS England should continue developing its Healthy Workforce programme
    • Employers should identify people at higher risk of stress or trauma and produce a national framework to support them
  • The Government should:
    • Form a mental-health online information portal to promote best practice
    • The Access to Work, Fit for Work and other NHS services should be aligned to create an integrated in-work support service
    • The Government should protect and promote the current tax reliefs for mental-health schemes
    • Legislate to enhance protections for employees with mental-health problems
    • Statutory sick pay should be more flexible to make a phased return to work easier
    • NHS bodies should provide clear ratings for apps and other digital platforms which provide mental-health support
    • Government and the NHS should improve patients’ access to their medical records so patients can share their data with employers should they wish to

Primary audience: Employers and managers, both public and private sector

Date last updated: November 2017

Due for review: November 2018

Group member responsible: JC

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The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health

Source: A report from the independent Mental Health Taskforce to the NHS in England

Link to main document

Publication format: pdf

Date of publication: February 2016

Summary of driver: The independent Mental Health Taskforce outlines the 10 year journey for transformation of NHS mental health services placing the experience of people with mental health problems at the heart of it. 20,000+ people outlined the changes they wanted to see and their priorities are prevention, access, integration, quality and a positive experience of care. Their voices are quoted in this report and their views are reflected in the recommendations.

Key features of driver: This document sets out the vision for developing new models of mental health services over the coming years and makes recommendations for the following areas:

  • Getting the Foundations right: commissioning for prevention & quality care
  • Good quality care for all 7 days a week
  • Innovation & research to drive change
  • Strengthening the workforce
  • A transparency and data revolution
  • Incentives, levers and payment
  • Fair regulation & inspection
  • Leadership inside the NHS, across government and in wider society

Primary audience: mental health teams, providers and commissioners

Impact on library policy/practice: Can inform current awareness and evidence searches

Date last updated: February 2016

Due for review: 19th February 2017

Group member responsible: Tracey Pratchett

A Manifesto for Better Mental Health

Title of driver: A Manifesto for Better Mental Health

Source:  The Mental Health Policy Group.       (Rethink Mental Illness, Centre for Mental Health, Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Network, Mind and the Royal College of Psychiatrists)

Link to main document:  Follow this link to view the pdf https://www.mind.org.uk/media/1113989/a-manifesto-for-better-mental-health.pdf

(MIND also has pages with links to the full text, a summary and some background information).

Publication format: PDF

Date of publication: August 2014

Summary of driver:

The manifesto is a call to any future government to prioritise mental health; and to commit to and work towards improvements to the provision of mental health services.

The manifesto focuses on five main areas with several suggested improvements and commitments for each.

Key features of driver:

The five areas the manifesto focuses on are:

  • Funding for mental health.
  • Mental health services for children.
  • Improving the physical health care of people with mental health conditions.
  • Improving the lives of those with mental health conditions.
  • Improving access to mental healthcare services.

Within these area there calls for action around:

  • Increasing funding so improvements can be implemented; and basing funding decisions on their impact on the delivery of mental and physical health services.
  • Women’s access to mental health services during and post pregnancy.
  • Mental health being part of the school curriculum.
  • Training school nurses and teachers about mental health.
  • Continued funding for evidence-based parenting programmes.
  • Reducing avoidable deaths amongst those with mental health conditions
  • Ensuing doctors monitor the physical health of people with mental health conditions.
  • Applying the reduction of smoking targets equally to people with mental health problems – reducing the risks to their physical health.
  • The Time to Change programme
  • Combining employment support and health support for unemployed people with mental health conditions.
  • Implementing maximum waiting times for mental health services.
  • Crisis care and the Crisis Care Condordat.
  • A national network of liaison and diversion mental health services, to work with the police and the courts.

Primary audience: Politicians, in the run up to the 2015 general election.

Impact on library policy/practice: No immediate direct impact on libraries identified.

If these ideas are taken up by a future government, there may in an increased interest in evidence-based information around the topics and service developments suggested.

This could influence the topics which libraries receive literature search and current awareness service requests for. This may also require collection development around these topics and to support strategy development.

Date last updated: October 2017

Due for review: October 2018

Group member responsible: FG

No health without mental health

Title of driver: No health without mental health: a cross-government mental health outcomes strategy for people of all ages

Source: Department of Health

Link to main document

Publication format: PDF

Date of publication: February 2011

Summary of driver: This strategy sets out six shared objectives to improve the mental health and well-being of the nation, and to improve outcomes for people with mental health problems through high quality services. It supports the Government’s aim of achieving parity of esteem between physical and mental health. The interconnections between mental health, housing, employment and the criminal justice system are stressed.

Key features of driver taken from the executive summary:

The shared objectives of all the partners who worked with the Department of Health to improve mental health outcomes are:

•More people will have good mental health
•More people with mental health problems will recover
•More people with mental health problems will have good physical health
•More people will have a positive experience of care and support
•Fewer people will suffer avoidable harm
•Fewer people will experience stigma and discrimination

Primary audience: All those working with mental health – in the NHS as well as public, private and voluntary and community sector agencies.

Impact on library policy/practice: One of the future strands in the provision of mental health services is to encourage local organisations and practitioners to have the freedom to innovate and to drive improvements in services. There is an opportunity for library services to support practitioners to:

•consider what works best
•examine the evidence base when considering any changes to the way they practice
•promote the evidence base when considering cost improvement savings
The document mentions ‘evidence’ on 47 occasions.

Case studies / Local service profile examples mapping to this driver: None currently

Date last updated: May 2011

Due for review: May 2012

Group member responsible: Cath McCafferty