Chronic Illnesses: Mental Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 11th October 2021.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to help ensure that mental health support is integrated with physical healthcare support for people with (a) Parkinson's and (b) other long-term conditions.

Photo of Gillian Keegan Gillian Keegan Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The National Health Service recognises that two thirds of people with a common mental health problem also have a long term physical health condition. Integrating Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services with physical health services can provide better support and achieve better outcomes. The priorities for developing IAPT - Long Term Conditions services have been established to support integrated pathways for people with long term conditions, including Parkinson’s. All clinical commissioning groups are expected to commission IAPT services integrated into physical healthcare pathways.

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