It is important to gather information about referral rates to acute care in your locality because we know that physical and mental health conditions are inextricably intertwined. For example, people with mental ill health have higher rates of physical illness and a shorter life expectancy.
Furthermore, long-term conditions (LTCs), such as diabetes, are associated with high rates of mental illness as well as high levels of NHS spend – not least because a significant proportion of treatment for such people is delivered in acute hospitals.
Acute and mental ill health services have traditionally been commissioned separately. However, the JCP publication (Volume 2: Guidance for commissioners of liaison mental health services to acute hospitals) contains more information about how to help ensure that treatment for people with mental as well as physical ill health is delivered more efficiently and effectively.