"Partnership agreements" are usually are usually limited to agreements between NHS Trusts and Third Sector organisations ONLY. This means issues such as this year's World Mental Health Day (10th October 2010) linking chronic physical complaints with mental wellbeing are never addressed. Many people suffer from this lack of care. Giving government backing to new projects between organisation other than the NHS will crete a much wider remit for the Third Sector.
Current "partnership agreements" claims many millions of pounds of grands and funds but do not engage top level executives to guide the direction of public services. Most project are community based ONLY and therefore cannot initiate change.
One example: at this time much funds are being directed towards dementure – a physical condition of attrician (of brain cells) in most cases). However, NHS Mental Health Trusts are now focussing on this issues as a means for increasing their influence – for better or worse. By contrast, Epilepsy has never been addressed by NHS Mental Health Trusts despite the fact anti-epileptic drugs are also psycho-active – so mush so they are also used in the treatment of psychosis. Depression is common in people with chronic physical concerns such as epilepsy – for both reasons of a disabled life-style AND as a drug-induced condition.