Over 15 years, we developed 36 mental health guidelines, notably:
- The first ever NICE guideline (on schizophrenia)
- The first guideline on service user experience
- The first collaborative guideline with the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) on dementia.
Our guidelines have led to some important developments in the field of mental health. They have provided the evidence base that has supported:
- The National Service Framework
- The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme for depression and anxiety disorders.
Our guidelines have been recognised nationally and internationally:
- Our guideline on schizophrenia has been twice recognised by the World Health Organisation as being the best of any internationally available guideline on that topic.
- Many of our information booklets for service users and carers have been highly commended by the BMA in their patient information awards.
Our guidelines have been translated and adopted/adapted by other healthcare systems, including in Italy, Australia and Slovenia.
See list of NICE guidelines developed by us.
We have produced independent systematic reviews on a range of topics, including:
- Clinical effectiveness and patient perspectives of different treatment strategies in Tourette's syndrome (PDF) for the Academy for Royal Colleges
- E-therapies systematic review for young people for MindEd
- Community health and social care services for coexisting severe mental illness and substance misuse (for NICE public health).
We are working on a number of other important projects:
- A large-scale review of effective, safe, compassionate and sustainable staffing (ESCaSS) for adult and children and young people’s mental health services.
- An evaluation of early implementers of IAPT services for people with long-term conditions and medically unexplained symptoms.
- A revision of the EPRR Guidance for Psychosocial Support for Major Incidence.
- Reviewing the evidence base in support of the long-term funding for children and young people mental health services.
- An engagement and feedback exercise with service users on the long-term funding for mental health services.
- Developing a Manual for the implementation of the school’s mental health support team.
The NCCMH has developed a series of Self-Harm and Suicide Prevention Competence Frameworks for Health Education England (HEE) to support people who self-harm and/or are suicidal. More information on the competency frameworks can be found on the UCL CORE site. The competency frameworks helps to makes suggestions about best practice in the light of current understandings of the effectiveness of approaches and interventions.
There are three corresponding frameworks – which overlap in terms of content, but are separated out because they describe work with different populations and in different scenarios:
- working with children and young people (from 8 years upwards)
- working with adults and older adults (from 18 years upwards)
- working with the public (community and public health)
The primary audience for this documentation will be clinicians, trainers, clinical managers and commissioners of services, but service users and carers may also find the documents useful. A separate guide written specifically for service users and carers describes the frameworks and outlines the care they can expect.