New mental health commission guides

New guides aimed at assisting commissioners as they plan and deliver improved mental health services have been published. Brought out by the Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health (JCP-MH), the four booklets focus on primary mental health services, as well as acute liaison and dementia services.

It is hoped the guides will outline how modern mental health provision should be presented, combining scientific evidence, examples of best practice, carer and patient viewpoints in an easy-to-use format.

Professor Helen Lester, Commissioning Lead for Mental Health at the Royal College of General Practitioners and co-chair of the JCP-MH, said the group has guides that are "full of good ideas for commissioners, based on case studies of what works in practice as well as the research evidence base."

She added every commissioning group should have a set of these guides "close at hand".

The JCP-MH was launched in 2011. The British Psychological Society is one of 13 organisations involved. Others include the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Royal College of General Practitioners. The JCP-MH came together to consider the future commissioning of mental health services and public mental health interventions in the UK.