Is every person in Birmingham who is diagnosed with a serious mental illness provided with a care plan? was written following a review of local findings about the provision of care plans for mental health patients. Overall the majority of people that needed a mental health care plan had one (80%). Nevertheless there were a significant number without a plan (20%).
Data from Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (BSMHFT) show that 80% of their patients with a Serious Mental Illness (SMI) have a care plan. This is a higher percentage than we originally believed to the case.
This is of concern; one in five patients with a SMI at BSMHFT do not have a care plan that has been put in place by the Trust and/or reviewed in the last 12 months.
It is unclear why one in five BSMHFT patients with a SMI do not appear to have a care plan in place. It is also uncertain whether there are any groups that are particularly negatively impacted by this. BSMHFT has provided a breakdown of statistics on patients with a SMI who do have a care plan in place. These data do not show any clear variation between different age groups or different ethnic groups.