Clusters and pathways in mental health: what are the implications for inequalities?

Michael Clark (2010)

Please note: this is a legacy publication from CPEC (formely PSSRU at LSE).

Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care 3 4 30-35

Mental health care in England has been subject to a great deal of scrutiny in recent years for its equality of access, experience and outcome. Five years of the Delivering Race Equality programme produced momentum, learning and improvements. It is clear, though, that efforts need to consider a continuous quality improvement approach and consciously use all new initiatives to further drive more equal services. A current initiative in England is the care clusters model for mental health, along with associated moves to commission services on a payment by results basis. This paper examines these developments and the possible implications for supporting greater equality in mental health care.