Turning Point comments on the National Audit of Schizophrenia

News item posted: 17 March 2017

In response to the National Audit of Schizophrenia released today, Zelda Peters, Turning Point's Director of Mental Health Services said;

"It is important that the support for individuals with schizophrenia or psychosis focuses on both mental and physical wellbeing. The report worryingly states that only 29% of service users received an adequate assessment of risk factors for cardio-metabolic disease and 43% were not even weighed within the previous 12 months. At Turning Point an intrinsic part of our care for individuals with schizophrenia is to engage fully with the physical health of all those we support. We consistently monitor risk factors for cardio-metabolic disease including BMI, smoking, blood pressure, blood glucose and lipids.

We know that consulting with individuals about their own care is essential to successful treatment and discussions regarding medication are a regular occurrence between medical staff, care staff and service users.

It is positive that most service users were generally satisfied with their level of care but we need to work together as providers, across physical and mental health services, to ensure we keep improving on people's experience of care and that the recommendations suggested in the audit report are successfully implemented across the country."