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The Neurological Alliance has published a new report – Parity of esteem for people affected by neurological conditions: meeting the emotional, cognitive and mental health needs of neurology patients

The Neurological Alliance has published a new report – Parity of esteem for people affected by neurological conditions: meeting the emotional, cognitive and mental health needs of neurology patients -presenting new research examining current services.  The report finds that care is characterised by disjointed patient pathways, a lack of coordination of care and patchy access to specialist neurological mental health services. This new publication also gathers together patient stories from those living with a neurological condition alongside emotional, cognitive or mental health needs and examines the impact of poor care on the individuals concerned, their families and carers and the wider impact on the NHS and the resources available. The full report is now available on their web site: http://bit.ly/MH4neuro

UKABIF has teamed up with The Neurological Alliance on calls to get the recommendations from their new report looking at the mental health needs of those with neurological conditions implemented. Parity of esteem for people affected by neurological conditions gives four headline recommendations, alongside the some actions needed to make each of them a reality:

  • Clarify commissioning responsibilities for neurology and mental health
  • Standardise NICE guidance relating to neurological conditions to address emotional, cognitive and mental health needs
  • Invest in specialists and specialist training
  • Improve access to information, care planning and coordination of care for neurology patients