[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 2 Issue 9, April 2012].
The Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health (JCP-MH) is a collaboration between key organisations with an interest in mental health and learning disabilities. It works with the Royal College of General Practitioners and their Centre for Commissioning. The JCP-MH builds upon the previous work of the National Mental Health Development Unit on commissioning for mental health.
The JCP-MH publishes briefings on the values and principles for effective mental health commissioning. It offers practical guidance and a framework for mental health commissioning. The JCP-MH’s commissioning framework is a work in progress and is to be published in three volumes.
The JCP-MH supports commissioners in commissioning mental health care to deliver optimal outcomes for health and well-being. The JCP-MH also works on the development of guidance on best practice commissioning wherever disparities in outcomes may exist.
The JCP-MH represents patients, service users, clinicians, commissioners, managers and others. JCP-MH members (in alphabetical order) include:
- Afiya Trust.
- Association of Directors of Adult Social Services.
- British Psychological Society.
- Department of Health.
- English Strategic Health Authorities Representatives.
- Healthcare Financial Management Association.
- Mental Health Providers Forum.
- National Involvement Partnership.
- National Survivor and User Network.
- New Savoy Partnership.
- NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network.
- Rethink Mental Illness.
- Royal College of General Practitioners.
- Royal College of Nursing.
- Royal College of Psychiatrists.
- Service users and carers.
- Specialised Commissioning Representatives.
Briefing. The JCP-MH: a new direction for better outcomes. London: Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health, 2012.