Background of the study
Mental health issues are increasing in the UK; more than one out of six adults are suffering from the mental illness. Over a period of time, National Health Services (NHS) has improved the health and social care setting as well as provisions. By this way, more people are able to get treatment in the hospitals. It works in a direction so that clinical needs of individuals can be met and they can get recovered soon. Government is continuously working for improving services for users (Long-term mental healthcare for people with severe mental disorders, 2011). Statistical records show that in the year 2014, comprehensive inspection on mental health services has occurred in the England. It has been identified that there are many people who are suffering from the mental illness but they are unable to get services in hospitals. After that, authorities have developed 54 NHS mental health trusts and 221 independent care homes in the country.
The main agenda of government is to provide high quality care services to patients so that they get recovered soon and their mental condition can be improved. In order to provide them quality care, government and concerned department makes effective provisions and make modifications in the existing health care system. There are many reasons of suffering from mental illness which are like family pressure, work life balance issues, loneliness, economic issues, etc. All these factors increase the risk of mental illness in society. This is the reason that number of mental cases are increasing in the United Kingdom (Key legislation - Mental Health Act 1983, 2013). Government of the UK makes plan so that patients with mental health issues can receive immediate care in the hospitals and no discrimination will take place with them. In order to fulfil this objective, authorities have provided extra funds to hospitals so that health care professionals can implement the latest technologies and provide them quality psychological treatment. This can help them in improving their condition and they can get recovered soon.
Mental Health Act 2007 has been introduced by government of UK in year 2007 which actually came into force in 2008. It was for welfare of metal patients so that they can get equal treatment in hospitals without any discrimination (Funk, 2016). There were many service users who were suffering from dementia and other mental illnesses but due to discrimination, they were not getting quality care in the health and social care firms. Mental Health Act was actually imposed in the year 1983 but later on, it was amended in 2008. It has supported in promoting dignity in care setting process in order to safeguard service users. The main agenda of making this law is to ensure that all people who are suffering from serious mental disorders can be able to get treatment without any issue. This provision has specified the role of professionals and way in which they have to deal with the service users who are suffering from mental illness.
Present study will assess health and social care service provision to the service users with mental illness. Furthermore, it will identify factors that impact on mental patients and their condition. In addition, it will explain positive and negative aspects of provisions of health and social care system for mental illness people.
One of the major problems in United Kingdom is that death rate of mental patients is increasing. Statistical records show that there are many people who are suffering from dementia, autism spectrum disorder, etc. Due to poor care service provision, they are unable to get quality care in the hospitals. Sometimes, social restrictions create issue for them to get timely treatment by the medical professionals. This enhances the risk on these people and increase death rate in nation.
Aim and objectives
“To assess the health and social care service provisions to patients with mental illness: A study on NHS”
- To identify the factors that impact on the mental patient’s condition
- To examine health and social care service provisions in UK for mental illness patients
- To demonstrate positive and negative aspects of health and social care service provisions to the metal patients
- To suggest the ways through which mental patients can get quality care in the health care organization
There are various factors that forced researcher to select this topic of health and social care system. One of the major elements is interest area as scholar has worked in the same field. Individual has long term experience of this industry which helps researcher in understanding topic and finding data on it. Researcher has worked as nurse in the hospital (Mukaetova-Ladinska and Stuart-Hamilton, 2016). This has encouraged individual in conducting study on same topic. Another factor that has contributed to selection of topic is adequacy of data availability. This is the topic on which many studies have been conducted earlier by other scholars. Thus, individual has many details available on health and social care service provisions to users with mental illness. With the assistance of this information, researcher can become able to complete the study in an effective manner. Furthermore, this is a feasible topic and it has been provided by the university. It is the semi structure topic and so, it would be easy for the scholar to conduct research on this.