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

National Collaborating Centre For Mental Health

The NCCMH, in partnership with the British Psychological Society, has been tasked by NHS England and NICE to develop products that support the Achieving Better Access to Mental Health Services programme

The products, guides and planning tools, are for commissioners and other service providers to support the implementation of evidence-based treatment pathways, including access to NICE-recommended care.

The National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health has been commissioned by NHS England to produce guidance and recommendations on NHS staffing.  The programme aims to support NHS leaders and commissioners to plan staffing in NHS mental health services, in order to maximise patient recovery and health.

The Effective, Safe, Compassionate and Sustainable Staffing (ESCASS) programme is now underway. It is anticipated that the guidance is completed by the end of 2017.

We will develop and produce two separate guides: a guide to staffing in adult and older adult mental health services and a separate guide to staffing in children and young people’s mental health services.   Both guides will include advice on how to create an optimal workforce, support teams to provide compassionate care, increase efficiency, attract and retain staff and adopt a skills-based approach to workforce planning.

Established in 2001, for 15 years the NCCMH specialised in developing NICE clinical guidelines, standalone evidence reviews, health technology assessments (HTAs), as well as international clinical guideline development training and consultancy services. On 1 April 2016 the NCCMH clinical guideline programme was transferred to the new guideline development centre, the National Guideline Alliance, at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Evidence-Based Treatment Pathway

To find out more about current work undertaken by the NCCMH go to the Evidence-Based Treatment Pathway page.


Further Information

For more information about the NCCMH products and guidelines, please email Tom Ayers,
Senior Associate Director: .

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