Mental and physical multimorbidity
Our aim is to address complexities arising from coexisting mental and physical health problems, identified as priorities in the NHS Long Term Plan (2019). This includes severe mental illness where life expectancy is reduced by around 20 years (the SMI 'Mortality gap'), and common mental disorders, where physical illnesses like diabetes and COPD are associated with anxiety and depression, leading to increased hospital admission and greater mortality.
Central to our work is our unique national resource of 10,000 people with severe mental ill health (Closing the Gap Cohort, initiated in 2017), providing a vehicle for trials within cohorts to answer policy-driven questions. We are also developing collaborations across ARCs in order to address NHS 10-year priorities. There are four main streams of work in our Mental and Physical Multimorbidity theme, led by Professor Simon Gilbody at the University of York and Professor Scott Weich at the University of Sheffield. We will be working closely and collaboratively across the region to address health inequalities for people experiencing mental ill health.