Our products and services

We offer a range of products and services that aim to improve the quality of mental health care. 

Here you'll find examples of the types of products and services that we offer.

If you have any queries about the products and services we offer, please email nccmh@rcpsych.ac.uk.

We develop guidelines for professionals that outline the standards for providing care and services to people with a particular condition or need, and in certain circumstances or settings, based on evidence.

We’ve developed national guidelines for organisations such as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and international guidelines, such as for the government in Ukraine. See our published guidelines.

We've developed frameworks that outline the knowledge, skills and values that professionals need to provide effective care and support in particular roles or settings. 

We’ve published competence frameworks for: 

  • eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy
  • individual placement and support
  • inpatient mental health care for children and young people
  • mental health peer support work
  • physician associates in mental health
  • self-harm and suicide prevention
  • social prescribing.

Access these frameworks and their supporting documents at competence frameworks.

We work with teams in mental health services to help them implement changes that improve the quality of care, and facilitate the sharing of learning. 

Our QI collaboratives include: 

  • Advancing Mental Health Equity
  • Culture Of Care (part of NHS England’s Quality Transformation Programme)
  • Demand, Capacity and Flow
  • Enjoying Work
  • Reducing Restrictive Practice
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights, Inclusion and Empowerment (SHRINE)
  • Sexual Safety
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Tobacco Treatment.

We conduct qualitative and quantitative research, and gather evidence, to produce reviews, evaluations and reports. Some examples are:

  • evaluations of:
    • IAPT (now called NHS Talking Therapies) services for people with long-term conditions
    • community-based tobacco dependency services for people with severe mental illness
    • a training programme to improve safety in inpatient mental health settings
  • a rapid review of the evidence of the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on the incidence and prevalence of mental health problems in the UK
  • a systematic review of the literature related to mental health problems and social mobility.

We develop care pathways, frameworks and implementation guidance. They help mental health service providers design and improve mental health services on local and national levels.

We’ve published guidance for specific mental health service settings, including:

  • community mental health care
  • NHSE Talking Therapies for anxiety and depression (formerly IAPT)
  • perinatal mental health services 
  • eating disorders services for all ages
  • liaison mental health services.

We’ve also published guidance on how to improve core aspects of mental health services by working co-productively and advancing mental health equality and equity.

See our service design and development guidance.

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