[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 2 Issue 9, April 2012].
In February 2012 the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health launched four commissioning guides:
- Primary mental health care.
- Liaison services (acute hospitals).
- CAMHS transitions (services for young people).
Each short guide describes what a “good” service configuration looks like, and assembles scientific evidence, service user and carer experience, and case-studies of best practice.
About the Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health (JCP-MH)
The above four guides comprise the first part of the Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health (JCP-MH)’s Volume 2 of the commissioning framework.
The JCP-MH’s commissioning framework is to be published in three volumes.
Back in 2011, the JCP-MH published their Practical Mental Health Commissioning: Volume 1 Setting the Scene. This document aids clinical commissioning groups, local authorities, and PCTs in transition. It offers a clear framework mental health commissioning and how this may operate under NHS reform.
Later in 2012, the JCP-MH is to publish further guides on aspects of service provision including: mental health, economic sustainability, and values-based commissioning.
In 2013, the JCP-MH (in collaboration with the Strategic Health Authority Mental Health Leads’ Group) is to publish a “mental health and wellbeing commissioning pack”. This will constitute Volume 3 of the JCP-MH’s commissioning framework, providing tools for needs assessments, contract inserts, cost-benefit calculators, and an assortment of other tools.
Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health (2012). The Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health (JCP-MH): a new direction for better outcomes. London: Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health, February 2012.