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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness


Ongoing projects

Integration of personal budgets in social care and personal health budgets in the NHS March 2013

A joint statement supporting the use of Personal Budgets in social care and Personal Health Budgets in the NHS.

Parity Cover March 2013

New College Report on Parity of Esteem












aLL 4 jcp gUIDES February 2012

JCP-MH Volume 2 Wave 1 Descriptors

The JCP-MH have now published their first four commissioning guides. These are aimed at commissioners of mental health services and describe what a ‘good’ service configuration should look like, bringing together scientific evidence, service user and carer experience, and case studies of best practice.

The JCP-MH have also published a new summary briefing – what is the JCP?

pt December 2011

Prison Transfers: a survey

The College has produced a report which has drawn upon the experiences and the expertise of psychiatrists working within prisons and hospitals to identify some of the delays in transfering prisoners with mental health problems to appropriate health care settings.

This project arose from Lord Bradley's review of people with mental health problems in the criminal justice system. This review contained a recommendation that the Department of Health develop a new minimum target for the NHS of 14 days to transfer a prisoner with acute, severe mental illness to an appropriate healthcare setting as quickly and as smoothly as possible. This report is an opportunity to highlight good practice within these settings.

Do the right thing July 2011

Do the right thing: how to judge a good ward

Distilled from existing working-age inpatient ward standards, this new Occasional Paper by the College aims to (a) offer a useful minimum checklist of standards for managers and commissioners of services to apply in strategic planning and in assessing for themselves the quality of their wards; and (b) to provide elaboration of the ten standards drawing on the evidence of current practice as found by the reviewing bodies.

It is hoped that this report will make the case that in-patient services need continued investment to make patient experience healthier, safer and more conducive to proper clinical recovery and rehabilitation.

op77 June 2011

Developing services to improve the quality of life of young adults with neurodevelopmental disorders, emotional/neurotic disorders and emerging personality disorder

This Occasional Paper pulls together – for the first time – research which shows that, in terms of quality of life, neurodevelopmental disorders, emotional/neurotic disorders and emerging personality disorder have as great an impact, or greater, than physical health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, back problems, Parkinson's disease or rheumatic disease.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists hopes that reading this document will prompt commissioners, clinicians and providers to develop better services for these young people and thereby improve their quality of life.

oas cover image May 2011

In sight and in mind: A toolkit to reduce the use of out of area mental health services

Designed to support health, social care and housing commissioners, In sight and in mind seeks to assist in developing and commissioning services that are as close to home as possible for people using mental health services and their families.

The toolkit was edited by Dr Tony Ryan, Gareth Davies, Andy Bennett, Dr Helen Killaspy (Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Faculty of Rehabilitation and Social Psychiatry) and Richard Meier (Policy Analyst, Policy Unit, Royal College of Psychiatrists)

practical mh commissioning March 2011

Practical mental health commissioning: A framework for local authority and NHS commissioners of mental health and wellbeing services. Volume 1: Setting the scene

Practical mental health commissioning is the first of three briefing documents for commissioners in local authorities and the NHS. It is intended to explain the changing commissioning environment and how commissioners can make the most of available resources to improve the quality and outcomes of mental health and social care services in their area. The documen was written by Andy Bennett, Steve Appleton and Catherine Jackson, and produced by the Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health - - of which the Royal College of Psychiatrists is a member.  

diversion December 2010

Diversion: the business case for action

The Centre for Mental Health, Rethink and the Royal College of Psychiatrists have recently published a briefing paper on Diversion. Diversion: the business case for action makes the economic case for the importance of diversion, an approach which seeks to ensure that people with mental health problems who come into contact with the police and courts are identified and directed towards appropriate mental health care, particularly as an alternative to imprisonment.

making the case November 2010

Making the case for a rehabilitation facility: Helping psychiatrists to work together with commissioners and senior service managers by Tom Edwards, Richard Meier and Helen Killaspy

This document, produced by the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Faculty of Rehabilitation and Social Psychiatry with assistance from the Policy Unit, aims to skill up rehabilitation psychiatrists and ensure that they have the necessary information and tools to influence their fellow professionals in commissioning and service management.

cover November 2010

Welfare Reform

Earlier this year the DWP commissioned an Independent Review of the WCA (Work Capability Assessment). The WCA determines if claimants are eligible for ESA (Employment and Supporter Allowance) benefit. Part of the review was a consultation aimed at organisations that have relevant information to how the WCA operates.

The College has concerns about the WCA’s current ability to accurately assess the impact of mental health conditions on an individual’s ability to work. These concerns were expressed by an extensive contribution to a joint response to the consultation with the Centre for Mental Health, Mind and Rethink.


Position Statement front page

Parliamentary briefing

October 2010

Position Statement on Public Mental Health: No Health Without Mental Health: The Case for Action

Prior to the launch of the Government’s public health proposals, the College produced a position statement, No Health without Public Mental Health: The Case for Action. The College also launched a shorter parliamentary briefing to accompany the position statement.

These documents were launched at an All-Party Parliamentary Group on mental health meeting at which the Rt Hon Steven Dorrell MP, Chair of the Health Select Committee, was the keynote speaker. This launch was well attended by MPs and Peers and stakeholders with an interest in public health.

Following the launch, the issue was debated in the House of Lords and discussed in the Northern Ireland Assembly. The College’s work in promoting public mental health was successful in ensuring that the Public Health White Paper, launched on 30th October, had an important focus on mental health.

house3 October 2010

Crisis resolution and home treatment services for older people

This project, undertaken by the Policy Unit on behalf of the College's Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry, set out to find out about, and describe, a range of existing models in working age and old age services of crisis resolution/home treatment and intermediate care services. Findings from the study (in spreadsheet format) are available here. Hard copies of the findings are also available upon request.

Commissioning for patients September 2010

Commissioning mental health services in England: a collaboration between RCPsych, RCGP, NMHDU, and the NHS Confederation

The new White Paper document, Liberating the NHS: Commissioning for Patients, signals a significant shift in the way in which many mental health services will be commissioned and held to account.

Commissioning for Patients details the Government's intentions to introduce both GP-led commissioning and a new NHS Commissioning Board.

 selfhamr report 2 June 2010

Self-harm, Suicide and Risk: Helping People who Self-harm

This College report (CR158) looks at why people harm and kill themselves and considers the role (including the limits of the role) that psychiatrists and other mental healthcare professionals play in their care and treatment. The experiences and views of people who harm themselves as well as those of their carers, health professionals and third-sector workers are central to this enquiry.



Ongoing work throughout the year

Responses to Consultations

The Policy Unit plays a key policy and administrative role in ensuring that the College responds to consultations that may impact upon psychiatrists, service users, carers and the mental health world more broadly.

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