24th July 2020

New report on improving support for people living with neurological and mental health conditions

The National Neurosciences Advisory Group (NNAG) is publishing a new report reflecting on the challenges and opportunities that exist to improve outcomes for people with both neurological and mental health conditions in England. The authors release this statement:

 

Last year the National Neurosciences Advisory Group (NNAG) collaborated with Professor Tim Kendall, National Clinical Director for Mental Health, NHS England and Improvement on the Neurosciences and Mental Health Leaders Away Day. This event brought together people with neurological conditions, patient groups, professional bodies and NHS leaders to consider the unique and complex needs of people living with co-morbid neurological and mental health conditions.

 

Following this event, we are publishing a report reflecting on the challenges and opportunities that exist to improve outcomes for people with co-morbid neurological and mental health conditions in England. It outlines practical actions and recommendations desperately needed for the system to support such improvements.

 

The recommendations in this report come at a crucial time for people with neurological conditions, and the NHS workforce, who have been dealing with the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Patient organisations have reported a significant rise in the need for mental health and befriending support in this time. Meanwhile a reduction in capacity in neurology and mental health services has meant that many people with neurological conditions have been unable to access, or faced significant delays in accessing the specialist support, treatment and therapies needed.

 

As services prepare to restart, we strongly urge the Government, NHS England and Improvement, commissioners, providers and clinicians to work closely with the neurological community to realise the recommendations in the report.

 

Professor Adrian Williams, Co-Chair of the National Neurosciences Advisory Group and Chair of the NHS England and Improvement Neurosciences Clinical Reference Group

 

Georgina Carr, Co-Chair of the National Neurosciences Advisory Group and Chief Executive of the Neurological Alliance

 

You can read the full report here.

The slides from the day are available here.