mental health care
A practical guide for health and social care practitioners working in mental health services.
Paper that makes a first attempt at assessing whether peer support provides value for money, looking specifically at whether peer support workers can reduce psychiatric inpatient bed use, either by preventing admissions or by shortening lengths of stay. Because of the very high cost of inpatient care, the savings that result from even small changes in bed use may be sufficient to outweigh the costs of employing peer workers.
Resources, advice and ideas for getting involved, offering support and taking action on issues that affect people with mental health issues.
Paper that examines what recovery means for the families and friends of people with mental health conditions. It suggests ways in which these informal carers can support recovery and looks at how mental health services can give the best possible help to do this.
It also provides information about key resources, including the Triangle of Care and a Wellbeing Recovery Plan for families and friends.
This leaflet provide information about getting help for people who are worried about their own or someone else's mental health. It was published by Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) in 2011.
Report that concludes the All Party Parliamentary Group on Mental Health’s inquiry into the impact of recent NHS reforms on mental health services. It sets out the views on the potential threats and opportunities created by the NHS reforms, and recommendations for politicians and commissioners.
A free, downloadable e-journal, containing research information, web links, news stories, resources and updates to the Dementia Centre's library. Each issue tackles a different hot topic relating to dementia care.
Review of the quality of Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA) provision across England that was commissioned by the Department of Health. A team of independent researchers including four academics and nine co-researchers with experience of using mental health services undertook the study, which lasted eighteen months from 2010. Using different methods, the experiences and viewpoints of those with experience of IMHA, advocacy services, and health and social care professionals were explored in-depth.
This briefing updates a previous systematic review by Cameron and Lart that reported on the factors that promote and hinder joint working between health and social care services. Given their prominence in terms of policy debates about joint and integrated working, the briefing focuses on jointly-organised services for older people and people with mental health problems in the UK only. Briefing published by Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) in May 2012. Review date is May 2015.
Briefing that sets out the policy context around tackling homelessness and addressing the mental health needs of homeless people. It also examines what considerations need to be made when planning, designing and delivering mental health services for homeless people and highlights examples of good practice.