• This project will commence in September 2017 and run for 15 months.
  • Run by Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Project being implemented with psychosis patients in the London boroughs of Camden and Islington.
  • Involves developing a real-time dashboard to enable clinicians to see all physical health data on their psychosis patients in one place.
  • Will allow clinicians to identify those in need now and those likely to develop long-term health conditions.

In the London boroughs of Camden and Islington, the mortality rate among people with serious mental illness is three times higher than that of the general population. The Integrated Practice Unit (IPU) for psychosis is a five-year project to improve the mental and physical health of people with psychosis within Camden and Islington. It is the first IPU for psychosis in the UK.

Physical health wellbeing clinics have been established across the boroughs and the IPU team has begun to analyse the data. However, the electronic patient record (EPR) system does not allow clinicians to easily access the key physical health data on service users in one place.

This project involves building on existing infrastructure to develop a data-driven, real-time dashboard to allow frontline clinicians to target physical health interventions at service users who are the most in need.

A physical health screening tool has been established that clinicians routinely use with service users. The data from this is stored in the local EPR. QRisk2 is a nationally used algorithm tool that estimates risk of developing major physical health conditions for individual patients.

The new dashboard will combine the physical health data in the EPR with analyses through QRisk2 to identify those service users at risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and diabetes.

The tool will enable clinicians to help improve the physical health of the service users by prioritising health care assessment and interventions, and help to reduce mortality in this population.