A new partnership has been formed between Bupa and the South London and Maudsley and the Tavistock and Portman NHS foundation trusts; both of which are national and international centres of excellence for mental health. The partnership will be taking on the role of clinical advisers in mental healthcare and will help the insurer to tackle some of the key challenges in mental healthcare provision, such as the need for a better understanding of the relationship between mental and physical health and the development of integrated services and support required.
Dr Katrina Herren of Bupa says, “These two organisations are internationally renowned for their mental health expertise. Through our work with them we are looking forward to significantly improving and differentiating our mental health services.” Private medical insurance news: 20 September 2013
Mental health is an increasingly serious 21st century problem, with one in four adults experiencing at least one diagnosable mental health problem at some point in their lives. Mental health accounts for up to 40% of time off work due to sickness. Only a quarter of those with common disorders, such as depression or anxiety, are receiving treatment.