A new Mental Health Discharge Summary
A new 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
Foundation Trust. You can view the Summary at:
For further information please
contact Gary Ward, Temporary Media & Communications Manager,
Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Tel: 020 7235 2351 ext 6298;