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Monday 19 August 2019
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
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Parity of esteem

Black man speaking to white female clinician

The Trust is continuing to work with commissioners to ensure parity of esteem for mental health services, is in line with the focus that is given to physical healthcare across Derby and Derbyshire. This is a key priority throughout our work and our governors have taken an active interest in this area.  

We still have a long way to go before we can claim parity is in place – NHS funding locally and nationally still remains to be focused on acute hospitals and physical health care needs. There also remains a disparity in the number of people with mental illness who are in contact with services, compared to those with physical needs. This is in contrast to mental health being a major cause of premature death and a high proportion of people’s lives are impacted upon by mental health conditions.

  • Among people under 65, nearly half of all ill health is mental illness
  • Mental illness is generally more debilitating than most chronic physical conditions.
  • Mental health problems impose a total economic and social cost of over £105bn a year
  • Yet, only 26% of UK adults with mental illness receive appropriate care
  • People with poor physical health are at higher risk of experiencing mental health problems…
  • …and people with poor mental health are more likely to have poor physical health.