Mental Health Discharge Summary has been developed to help
standardise the information that GPs receive when a patient is
discharged from in-patient mental health care.
Over the years GPs, patients and carers have
expressed concerns that information received has been inconsistent
or too detailed. This can lead to poor patient care. To meet this
need, standards and summaries have been designed to provide useful,
succinct information to help doctors improve the continuity of
The Summary has been developed in
collaboration between the Royal Colleges of Psychiatrists,
General Practitioners and Physicians and facilitated through
the Department of Health Informatics Directorate’s Clinical Data
Standards Assurance team.
This work builds on the headings that were
developed by the Royal College of Physicians and approved by the
Academy of Royal Medical Colleges in 2008. The Summary incorporates
feedback from clinicians, patients, suppliers and health and social
care representatives to ensure it meets the needs of GPs and their
patients who have received in-patient mental health care.
The Summary will now be implemented at a
number of Mental Health Trusts, including the Nottinghamshire
Healthcare NHS Trust and Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS
To access the Summary documents and
further information, please log in to the
collaboration website using the details provided.
For further information, please
Kathy Oxtoby or
Deborah Hart in the Communications
Telephone: 0203 701 2544 or 0203 701 2538