The data collection on international mental health comparisons undertaken by NHS Benchmarking Network in collaboration with the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL), explores the international context for Mental Health services across 14 developed economies. The work was referenced in a recent feature for Channel 4 news which explores a report issued by former Care Minister, Norman Lamb. The bulletin covers Adult and CAMHS inpatient services as well as related community based care.
Metrics from the NHS Benchmarking Network data collection demonstrate that the average adult length of stay in a General Psychiatry mental health bed for England is 36 days, in comparison to the international average of 27 days. The information gathered from the 14 participating countries demonstrates the variation in length of stay across countries, in both adult and child & adolescent mental health services. You can read the international reports in more detail here.
Former Care Minister, Norman Lamb, has written to the Health & Social Care Secretary calling for more creative investment in mental health and increased community provision, with the aim of reducing long term institutional care to support recovery.
The NHS Benchmarking Network continues to work in partnership with collaborating countries in the IIMHL. Previously, the findings were discussed at a 2-day seminar in Stockholm in May 2018, where participant countries and the OECD contributed to a vibrant discussion on mental health strategy and the importance of evidence in understanding how mental health systems function. This collaboration is set to continue, with an updated cycle of work taking place in 2019, where the Network will be helping to facilitate the 2019 international Mental Health Metrics event with US Government Agency NRI.
You can watch the Channel 4 report here.