Lundbeck commissioned a project to understand the variation of care in depression, having previously commissioned a project within a different therapy area which had been extremely valuable for highlighting issues of relevance to health and care professionals to support improving outcomes.
There is a clear gap in data availability in mental health, highlighted by the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, and with many of the ongoing changes in the NHS, being able to provide this level of data to the health and care system would be extremely helpful.
It would help engage health and care professionals in a positive and productive manner as they become increasingly busy and time-limited. It would also allow the identification of specific problems and highlight solutions that help improve outcomes for patients with depression, and reductions in variations in care and cost can be introduced.
- To be able to provide health and care professionals with a data source that helped them to fill the gap and gain a better understanding of the true costs and impact of depression at a local level to inform better decisions
- To have a resource that provided sufficient value that health and care professionals wanted to engage with on a relevant agenda that supports identifying where care can be improved
- To provide a data source that allowed a better understanding of local NHS challenges, identify the specific challenges for health and care professionals and the local NHS are facing, then work collaboratively to provide bespoke solutions aimed at improving the care of people suffering from depression.