Services Database Improving Physical Health Care for Patients with Psychosis (PHCP) (Barking & Dagenham)
The Physical Health Care for patients with Psychosis (PHCP) project was a collaborative approach between secondary care, community pharmacy and primary care. Patients with a diagnosis of psychotic illness known to the Barking and Dagenham Community Recovery Team were offered physical health checks (assessment of five cardio-metabolic risk factors including blood pressure, cholesterol and BMI) via community pharmacies.
There were 350 eligible patients. Of these, 230 were offered health checks, with 90 declining or not attending, and 140 attending (40% of the eligible population).
All 140 patients received health coaching to support them with stopping smoking, and improving their diet and exercise. There were high levels of satisfaction from both patients and the community mental health team about the health checks.
Frontline staff were engaged early on, which helped with the recruitment of patients, and there was regular liaison with them to ensure feedback was obtained and any issues addressed.
Location of service
North East London LPC
Other: The Health Foundation Innovating for Improvement fund
Method of commissioning
Source of funding
Other organisations involved
This service was available in Barking & Dagenham only.