This new NICE guideline on the identification of – and pathways to care for – common mental health disorders focuses on primary care. It draws on existing NICE guidelines and makes new recommendations on how patients are assessed, and when and how they are referred to other services for treatment. The guideline also provides advice to managers and commissioners on how to develop referral and care pathways in their local area.
Note: This general purpose guideline is not geared specifically to people with dementia. This NICE Guideline is mentioned here in passing as being potentially of interest on the grounds that persons with dementia are not immune to a range of other mental disorders; commonly depression and psychosis-related disorders.
Common mental health disorders: identification and pathways to care. NICE clinical guideline 123. London: The National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health, May 2011.