Marie's case study was completed in December 2015 and reflects 2015 prices
People living with serious mental illness (SMI) have a reduced life expectancy of between 16 - 25 years, compared with the general population. This is mainly as a result of cardiovascular disease (CVD), and factors including poor diet and nutrition, smoking, drug and alcohol use, and poor access to health services.
In response to this pressing issue, the NGS Worcestershire Early Intervention Service began a 12 month pilot targeting the physical health and well-being of its patients. The service works with young people between the ages of 14-35 years who present with first episode psychosis and bipolar disorder.
In addition to a 12 week intensive programme, SHAPE offers participants an additional year’s free gym membership to encourage long-term adherence to the course. Although the project is in its infancy, emerging data from SHAPE suggests that it is helping to prevent weight gain in participants. In the longer-term, there is the potential for significant savings to be made from a reduction in demand for clinical services typically caused by patients with diabetes and at risk from CVD.
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