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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 18 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.

Please contact Emma George on 020 3701 2611or for information on the MHCT training.

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