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Mental Health Clustering Tool (MHCT) Resource

 

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About the Mental Health Clustering Tool 

The MHCT has been developed in partnership between the Department of Health, the Royal College of Psychiatrists Centre for Advanced Learning and Conferences and the Care Pathways and Packages Project (CPPP) as a means of allocating clients to Care Clusters which in turn supports care planning and enables Mental Health Payment by Results (MH PbR). The MHCT retains the Health of the Nation Outcome Scales (HoNOS) and thus supports providers and commissioners in measuring health and social care outcomes in mental health without the need to collect additional data.

HoNOS was published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) in 1996 and is now the most widely used outcome measure in specialist mental health services in England and overseas. The RCPsych has over 15 years experience of training clinical staff in the use of the HoNOS, working with staff teams to train them as trainers and with Trusts to develop and support Trust wide training and implementation plans.


Royal College of Psychiatrists MHCT Training Provision

To support mental health service providers and commissioners in implementing MH PbR, the following training courses are available:

  • Mental Health Clustering Tool – Foundation One Day Training Course. Delivered directly to all staff who will be involved in assessment and clustering
  • Mental Health Clustering Tool – Train the Trainers Two Day Course. Designed to help organisations train staff and implement MHCT . For organisations which have no previous experience of using HoNOS
  • Mental Health Clustering Tool – Train the Trainers Course One Day Update Course. Designed to help organisations train staff and implement MHCT. For organisations which HAVE previous experience of using HoNOS

Bespoke courses on request to suit your specific organisational needs (NB. HoNOS only training courses are available on request)

Further information can be found in the Mental Health Custering Tool Training Course leaflet

The Royal College of Psychiatrists Centre for Advanced Learning and Conferences has developed, with the support of the Department of Health and CPPP, a diagnostic assessment to assist organisations in their planning and implementation of MHCT and MH PbR.

This is available free of charge and can be downloaded below:


PbR for Specialist Alcohol Services – Assessment and Clustering Tool Training

Alcohol PbR is seen as a natural progression as specialist alcohol treatment is often delivered through Mental Health contracts. Improving Health & Wellbeing UK (IHWUK) have played a central role in the DH pilot work to develop and test the Specialist Alcohol PbR assessment and clustering and are experienced in supporting providers of specialist alcohol services.

To provide support to Specialist Alcohol service providers and commissioners in implementing PbR for Specialist Alcohol Services, the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) are now developing training courses in partnership with IHWUK and we plan to make these available early in 2013 once the Department of Health confirm the final details of the tools and clusters

 

Please contact Emma George on 020 3701 2611or egeorge@rcpsych.ac.uk for information on the MHCT training.

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