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Mental health intelligence network launched

8th July 2014
NHS England and Public Health England (PHE) have launched a new mental health intelligence network to improve access to mental health data and help providers to work together.

Mental HealthThe Mental Health Dementia and Neurology Intelligence Network is hosted by Public Health England and co-sponsored by NHS England.

The network will collect mental health data from 13 different national agencies.

NHS England's national clinical director for mental health, Dr Geraldine Strathdee, said the network should address concerns over a lack of mental health data.

The data will include the commissioning of mental health services and their success rates, information on patient beds, healthcare spending and the number of people using specialist services.

One particulary important reason for the collation of data is to compare health conditions in each area with their predicted levels.

The next stage of the network will involve the recruitment of analysts and further arrangements.

Health Minister Norman Lamb said this network will be "hugely important" in helping providers improve their services.

“Time and again we’ve seen that better information leads to better care […] I am absolutely determined to make sure mental health care is on a par with physical health care,” he said.

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