Physical Health Principle

People with life-long mental illness are likely to die 15-20 years prematurely because of physical health. Scottish Government Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027 looks to achieving parity between mental and physical health.

The Physical Health Principle includes a number of tools and processes that when implemented help to improve physical health outcomes for patients, helping to achieve parity between mental and physical health. These include the following:

Annual health checks, National Early Warning Score (NEWS), interface with primary care services, well person clinics and Equally Fit
As Required Psychotropic
High Risk Medicine
Medicines Reconciliation
Prescribing and Administration