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 assessment he has made of the potential merits of involving mental health practitioners in the care of 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)

NHS England commissions specialised neurological care for people with Parkinson’s and has stated that such care should include access to psychologists to manage symptoms like anxiety and depression. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s best practice for the management of long term conditions includes how mental health professionals should be involved, where appropriate.

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