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South London Older Adult Secondary Mental Health Network

With Older Adults being the highest users of secondary mental health services, the Health Innovation Network set up the South London Older Adults Secondary Mental Health Network.

Overall, people aged between 60 and 89 were most likely to be detained under the Mental Health Act in 2014/15. The King’s Fund estimates that around 50% of people aged over 50 and 80% of those over 65 live with one or more long-term conditions. This makes the need to improve mental health treatment for older people even more pressing, given the well-established link between poor physical health and poor mental health. (Hidden plain sight – The unmet mental health needs of older people; Age UK 2016)

The Health Innovation Network worked in partnership with three South London Secondary Mental Health Trusts: The South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust to share good practice in mental health care for older adults including the physical health needs of these individuals. The network met three times a year and topics have included falls prevention, staff retention and staff rotation schemes.

To find out more contact Health Innovation Network Mental Health lead, Aileen Jackson at aileen.jackson@nhs.net