Our members2018-09-19T19:19:13+00:00

Our members

Organisations that have signed up to Equally Well UK have demonstrated their commitment to prioritising physical health for people with mental health problems as well as pledging to play their part in reducing the inequalities

Please click on a member below to read their individual pledge:

For too long, inequalities in physical health for people with mental health conditions have been ignored or taken for granted. We are supporting and promoting Equally Well UK to help to bring about sustained and significant change across the country. 

As a Member-led charity we are fully aware of the physical health inequalities faced by people affected by mental illness. We also know from experience that improving physical health can be a key part of recovery from a mental illness, and essential to achieving a better quality of life.

Alun Thomas, Hafal

We should be relentless in addressing the physical health of those with a mental illness and the significant inequality they face. We join the Equally Well collaborative with the aim to play our part in reducing this gap.

We believe that it is fundamentally important that everyone who accesses healthcare is confident that they will receive the best possible care, irrespective of the nature of their illness or infirmity, and we are committed to working with others to achieve this aim.

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, RCGP Chair

For too long we have neglected the physical health needs of people living with mental illness. Resulting tragically in lives cut short. It is time to act and end this outdated health inequality.

Mark Winstanley, CEO, Rethink Mental Illness

“We are proud to be part of this critical movement to improve the quality of everyday life for people with mental illness. Physical health concerns often go unrecognised and untreated and this has to change.”

“People with severe mental health problems are dying prematurely – largely from preventable illnesses. This is one of our greatest shames as a society. We need to be resolute that through Equally Well we will make this a thing of the past.”

Isabella Goldie, Mental Health Foundation

“My desire is that we move to a place where we care for the person rather than the illness and needs are met by one service. I’m therefore delighted to support Equally Well UKs ambitious charter”

Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, Health Education England

“The early deaths and illness experienced by people with a mental health condition are in large part caused by smoking. We are pleased to be part of a movement challenging the norms that perpetuate poor health for this community.”

Deborah Arnott, ASH

“We embrace the opportunity the Equally Well initiative provides to work in partnership to improve the quality of life and life expectancy for people in our communities with mental illness.”

“We are excited to join the new ‘Equally Well’ collaborative. This is a great opportunity to learn with and from others about how we can best deliver high quality holistic care for our patients.”

Sarah Wilding, Deputy Chief Nurse, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
“We are committed to joining up mental and physical healthcare, training and research to improve health outcomes for our patients. Equally Well provides a fantastic platform to do this.”
“The Equally Well network presents a valuable opportunity to bring together our partners’ collective strengths to help make whole person care a reality for our patients and local population.”
Jo Haworth, Deputy Chief Nurse, King’s College Hospital

“Physical health and a person’s mental health needs are closely linked and we must all provide person centered holistic care, each person has a unique set of care needs which we all must ensure are met.”

David Wilmott, Director of Nursing, Cygnet Health Care

“As the third largest health profession, pharmacists working across the NHS can play a key role in improving people’s physical and mental health, so we are delighted to support the launch of the Equally Well Charter.”

Sandra Gidley, Chair of the English Pharmacy Board, Royal Pharmaceutical Society

For such a health inequality to still exist is unacceptable.  The College of Mental Health Pharmacy is proud to join this group of organisations to finally make a change for the better.

Juliet Shepherd, President, The College of Mental Health Pharmacy

Everyone should have the same opportunity to lead a healthy long life, no matter who they are, what their circumstances, or where they live in England.  Public Health England is committed to system wide action to reduce inequalities and support people living with mental illness to live well for longer.

Lily Makurah, National Lead for Public Mental Health, PHE

Organisations that have signed up to Equally Well UK so far by signing the Charter:

2gether NHS Foundation Trust

2gether NHS Foundation Trust

 

 

ASH – Action on Smoking and Health


 

Action on Smoking and Health pledge to the Equally Well Charter:

Action on Smoking and Health is working to achieve the vision of the Mental Health and Smoking Partnership to reduce rates of smoking among people with a mental health condition to the level of the rest of the population. Over the next year, we pledge to; support the work of the Partnership, publish a report on implementation of NICE guidance on smoking in mental health trusts, undertake a survey of community mental health providers and commence a project to assess the training needs of mental health staff in relation to smoking.

Pledged on the 30 August 2018

Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive said: “Equally Well UK’s ambition to take seriously the poor physical health of people with a mental health condition resonates with ASH. The early deaths and illness experienced by people with a mental health condition are in large part caused by high rates of smoking. For too long health services have been complacent about this, seeing smoking as the norm. But all people have an equal right to good health and all people should be given an equal chance to live smokefree and escape the death and diseases caused by smoking. We are pleased to be part of a movement challenging the norms which perpetuate poor health for those with a mental health condition.”

Association of Mental Health Providers

 

BMA

British Medical Association pledge to the Equally Well Charter:

We will ensure doctors have a strong voice in advocating for the highest quality healthcare: promoting the provision of services that meet the physical health needs of people with mental health conditions, as well as action on the wider-determinants of health and wellbeing, to help reduce the disparity in physical health outcomes for people with mental health conditions.

Pledged on 5 September 2018

 

Care Quality Commission

Centre for Mental Health

Centre for Mental Health

Centre for Mental Health pledge to the Equally Well Charter:

Centre for Mental Health will support and promote Equally Well UK as a collaborative to bring about a sustained and significant improvement in the physical health support offered to people with mental health conditions. By providing the secretariat to Equally Well UK, we will bring our expertise and our commitment to equality to this vital area of work and give it the best possible chance of making a major impact on people’s lives.

Pledged in July 2018

Sarah Hughes, Chief Executive said: “For too long, inequalities in physical health for people with mental health conditions have been ignored or taken for granted. We want this to change. No one should have their physical health ignored or dismissed just because they have a mental illness. And no one should face a dramatically reduced life expectancy for lack of attention to their physical health. We are supporting and promoting Equally Well UK to help to bring about sustained and significant change across the country in addressing this shocking health inequality.”

Certitude

Certitude pledge to Equally Well UK: 

At Certitude, we believe everyone has the right to a good life. We focus our support on helping people to define what a good life looks like to them and helping them to achieve it – this includes supporting people to improve and maintain their physical wellbeing.

People we support have told us they want to learn to cook healthy meals, want help exercising and want support around their substance use. We have established a  physical wellbeing steering group with an initial focus of:

  • Developing materials, details of online and local help for people we support and staff to use. This includes monthly health briefings for people to increase knowledge on a range of health conditions.
  • Developing a harm minimisation approach across our mental health services
  • Developing new opportunities for people to learn healthy cooking skills
  • Increasing people’s access to and confidence in using a range of exercise opportunities.
  • Defining our role in advocating for people’s physical wellbeing, access to healthcare and support.
Pledged 7 September 2018

Liz Durrant – Director of Mental Health at Certitude said: “At Certitude we believe everyone has the right to a good life and that means a life they live to a grand old age, filled with hope, opportunities and good mental and physical health. We are not comfortable with the current truth that having a mental health need puts you at risk of dying 15 – 20 years younger due to physical illness. We want people to feel able to access physical health support and to not have to rely on harmful coping mechanisms in response to their distress. Ultimately, we must create a system where we stop accepting people’s premature mortality as inevitable”

 

Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

 

College of Mental Health Pharmacy

The College of Mental Health Pharmacy pledge to the Equally Well UK Charter:
The College of Mental Health Pharmacy will support the Equally Well Collaborative wherever it can to provide information about medication and its side effects and the best way to deal with those effects.  We are keen to share the key messages with our members and to start to improve the physical health inequalities that exist.
Juliet Shepherd , President said “For such a health inequality to still exist is unacceptable.  The College of Mental Health Pharmacy is proud to join this group of organisations to finally make a change for the better.

Cygnet Health Care

Cygnet Health Care

David Wilmott, Director of Nursing said: “Here at Cygnet Health Care the relationship between physical health and a person’s mental health needs are closely linked. We have always strived to ensure that we look at our patients from a holistic care perspective, encompassing their mental health and physiological healthcare needs. The ways in which we provide care has changed and also we all need to ensure we respond to ensure all of the healthcare needs of our patients and service users are met, this will ensure we provide high-quality care now and in the future. We believe the campaign for equally well is so important as a healthcare provider and a joined up approach to this area, whereby we are working together will help us achieve these aims.”

Faculty of Public Health

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

 

Sarah Wilding, Deputy Chief Nurse said: “We are excited to join the new ‘Equally Well’ collaborative which aims to support the physical health of people with a mental illness. We know that many of the patients we serve have both mental and physical health needs, and this is a great opportunity to learn with and from others how best we can support the Mind & Body agenda and deliver the highest quality holistic care for our patients.”

Hafal

Hafal pledge to the Equally Well Charter:

At Hafal we pledge to deliver our Let’s Get Physical! health programme across the 22 counties of Wales over the coming year with the aim of improving the physical health outcomes for people with a serious mental illness and their carers. This will involve:

  • running two Let’s Get Physical! days – on in North Wales, one in South Wales – giving participants the opportunity to try out a number of sports and activities and receive information and advice from a number of key agencies on maintaining and improving their physical health
  • providing a range of information on improving physical health via our publications, websites, social media and our dedicated Let’s Get Physical!
  • working with our clients to ensure that the physical health section of their care plans includes ambitious but realistic goals for their physical health
  • providing physical health taster activities at our North Wales and South Wales Members’ days
  • promoting physical health at our 100+ projects across Wales.
Pledged on the 4 September 2018

Alun Thomas, Hafal Chief Executive, said: “We fully support Equally Well in ensuring people with a mental illness and their carers have an equal right to good health and effective health care. As a Member-led charity we are fully aware of the physical health inequalities faced by people affected by mental illness. We also know from experience that improving physical health can be a key part of recovery from a mental illness, and essential to achieving a better quality of life. We will continue to fight for better physical health care and support for our Members, and to ensure that care plans comprehensively deal with physical health.”

Health Education England

Health Education England pledge to the Equally Well Charter:

Health Education England remains committed to ensuring that the workforce is trained to meet both the mental and physical health needs of our patients. “Stepping Forward to 2020/21” committed us to expanding the mental health workforce to meet the increased needs of people with mental health issues. As part of this we remain committed to ensuring this workforce can care for both physical and mental health needs of patients.

The dual focus on mental and physical health from Equally Well represents a new way of working and at Health Education England we have set up a new workstream specifically focused on new roles and new ways of working – the inclusion of mental and physical health together will be a key focus as we move into the future.

Pledged on 07 September 2018

Lisa Bayliss-Pratt said: “My desire is that we move to a place where we care for the person rather than the illness and needs are met by one service. I’m therefore delighted to support Equally Well UKs ambitious charter”

Kaleidoscope Health and Care

Kaleidoscope Health and Care

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

 

Jo Haworth said “At King’s we are committed to making ‘whole person’ care a reality – and that means addressing both physical and mental ill-health in our patients and local population. The Equally Well network presents a valuable opportunity to bring together our partners’ collective strengths to help shape one of the highest impact, highest value, and most meaningful changes in healthcare, and most importantly, improve health outcomes for our patients.”

King’s Health Partners

Jill Lockett, Director of Performance and Delivery said: “At King’s we are committed to making ‘whole person’ care a reality – and that means addressing both physical and mental ill-health in our patients and local population. The Equally Well network presents a valuable opportunity to bring together our partners’ collective strengths to help shape one of the highest impact, highest value, and most meaningful changes in healthcare, and most importantly, improve health outcomes for our patients.”

 

Kingston University & St George’s, University of London

Kingston University & St George’s, University of London

Kingston University and St George’s, University of London pledge to the Equally Well UK Charter:

As a School of Nursing at Kingston University and St George’s University of London, we are committed to developing a curriculum for students which enables the emerging nursing workforce to be prepared and confident to address the physical health needs of people experiencing serious mental illness.  We want to ensure nurses from across all fields can work collaboratively with service users, carers and other health and social care professionals to improve both physical and mental health needs.  We will continue to strengthen our educational provision in this important area and share successes with others.

Pledged on the 16 October 2018

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

 

 

Leicestershire County Council

Look Ahead

Mental Elf

The Mental Elf pledge to Equally Well UK

The mission of the Mental Elf is to close the gap between research and practice. On average it takes 17 years for a new reliable piece of research to become common practice at the frontline of NHS care. The delays are caused by a lack of awareness of the evidence, clinicians not accepting it, or not being able to apply it to their patients. They are also sometimes caused by a lack of agreement from patients themselves, who may struggle to make lifestyle changes or cope with new treatments. It’s an unhappy coincidence that 17 years is also the average reduction in life-expectancy for someone living with a severe mental illness. I will do everything that I can as a member of #EquallyWellUK to ensure that high quality research reaches the people who need it to improve the physical health of those who live with mental illness.

Pledged on the 5 September 2018

 

Mental health Commissioners Network

Mental Health Foundation

 

Mental Health Foundation‘s Pledge: 

During 2018 and 2019, the Mental Health Foundation is leading a one-year pilot project in Northern Ireland funded by DRILL (Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning) to coproduce an evidenced-based exercise programme that maximises acceptability and participation amongst people with psycho-social disabilities. We are working with the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust and the Northern Health and Social Care Trust, and our Partners are the South Eastern Recovery College and Northern Recovery College.  Peer researchers are being recruited through the Partners and receiving accredited training through Queen’s University Belfast. As members of the research team, the research methodology and programme design and delivery is being designed by the peer researchers.

 

MHF is also a member of the new ‘Closing the Gap’ network, which will focus on improving physical health and reducing health inequalities for people with severe mental illness.  This innovative mental health network, announced on September 6th 2018, is led by York University and is one of eight networks funded by UK Research and Innovation.  It is funded for four years and will support new research and collaboration in this area.   A Cross-disciplinary collective of researchers will be working in collaboration with organisations, which also include Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust, The Equality Trust, Keele University, Natural England, Wildlife Trust and Groundwork Trust. Over the next four years the network will grow to involve other universities and organisations.  At the centre of the network will be partnerships with people with lived experience of mental ill health.

  

In Scotland, the MHF co-manages See Me, Scotland’s Programme to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination. See Me is adopting a human rights-based approach to addressing stigma, which is partly focused on health and social care, recognising that people with mental health problems face discrimination in relation to accessing health improvement activities and that stigma creates a significant barrier to equal access to healthcare. 

Pledged 07 September 2018

Isabella Goldie, Director of Development and Delivery said: “The fact that people with severe mental health problems are on average likely to die 15-20 years prematurely – largely from preventable physical health problems – is an egregious and longstanding health inequality, which should long ago have become a thing of the past.  

For Equally Well to realise its aim, we all – national and local politicians, policy makers, health and social care professionals, communities and the voluntary sector – need to be equally ambitious and equally hopeful for the physical health and wellbeing, the quality of life and life expectancy, of people with severe mental illness.

As all members of Equally Well know, this requires a cultural shift that places people with lived experience of severe mental illness at the centre of their care, informed by the principles of prevention, early intervention and stigma reduction.  These approaches must be embedded within and across local systems so that services can identify at the earliest point that support is needed and enable people to live healthier lives.

The Mental Health Foundation is proud to join a movement that seeks to right the injustice of excess premature mortality, and the years of morbidity that accompany this, and will play its part in helping to bring this about”.