HEE have published the ‘Interim framework of core mental health competencies for all pharmacy professionals’ and you can now access it here.
One in four adults and one in ten children experience mental health problems and many more of us know and care for people who do. Awareness of and attitudes to mental health are slowly changing. There is now more awareness generally about the importance of everyone maintaining good mental health and providing person-centred support that allows people with mental health problems to live well in the community.
There is some way to go. Good physical health and good mental health are linked. There remains an urgent need to improve the physical health and healthcare of people with mental health problems. People with severe and prolonged mental health problems are at risk of dying on average 15 to 20 years earlier than the general population. Conversely, changes to physical health can lead to poor mental health.
The development of this framework was started before the Covid-19 pandemic. The decision to fast-track its publication was taken because of the importance of supporting people and colleagues with their mental health in a period that is challenging for everyone.
In completing the framework, the project team were mindful of not placing any additional burden on front line workers. This means the development process was modified and the framework has not been circulated for open comment as would normally be the case. In order to ensure that as many people as possible are given this opportunity, a version of the framework is available on the HEE website now. We would welcome any feedback by 29 September 2020. If required, the framework will be updated later in 2020.