mental health services

Practice guidance for commissioners in the NHS, criminal justice system, local authorities and others, to help them improve outcomes for people with personality disorders.

The guidance provides information and suggestions on best practice drawn from pilot services and from service users, and is organised into four sections which provide information on: an overview of the broad context; key areas for effective commissioning; commissioning dedicated personality disorder services; and commissioning for groups with particular needs.

Sets out the results of a follow-up review of the 2005/06 national review of NHS adult community mental health services. Fifteen indicators were selected in the follow up review. National findings are presented showing the changes in trusts performance - improvement or deterioration - against each of the 15 indicators. The results are then discussed under three themes: access to appropriate care and treatment; involving people who use services; and recovery and social inclusion.

Since 2006, all Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) have had the lead role for commissioning health services in the criminal justice system. This brief guide sets out 10 questions Primary Care Trust (PCT) board members can ask to find out how well their PCT is serving prisoners and community sentenced offenders in the area of mental health care.

Paper emphasising the importance to employers of mental health problems in the workplace. It attempts to pinpoint all the major effects of mental ill health and stress at work and quantify these in financial terms. It concludes that better management of mental health at work can avoid these costs and make good business sense.

Report analysing public spending on mental health care in prisons in England in order to determine if mental health care standards for people in prison are equivalent to those enjoyed in the community at large. It concludes more investment is required in prison mental health services if equivalence is to be achieved.

Scottish Executive document laying down the standards expected of mental health officer services in the following areas, responsive services, referral, assessment and admission procedures, care planning and care management, interagency collaboration, equitable provision and anti-discriminatory practice, staff training and development and organisation and management.

Booklet which is a guide for mental health clinic staff to instituting a consumer provider programme, consumer providers being individuals with serious mental illness who are trained to use their experiences to provide recovery-oriented services and support to others with mental illness in a mental health service delivery setting.

This resource is a brief summary of the research programme and report 'Making us count' by the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities. The research centred on four projects, covering a wide range of young people. The starting point for all the projects was the young people themselves – their thoughts, their feelings and their views.

Paper considering the arguments for and against a system of 'payment by results' as a means of paying for NHS hospital and community health services in England.

Paper describing a study which aimed to investigate how personal narratives are used in Scotland to promote recovery and social inclusion by mental health service users.