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

Mental health care pathways

We develop guidance for NHS England and NICE to support delivery of the ambitions set out in The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health.

  • We set out evidence-based mental health pathways that promote timely and equal access to effective treatment and health care
  • We provide guidance to commissioners and service providers on how the pathways can be implemented and the benchmarks achieved.

For each topic below, we developed detailed implementation guidance with accompanying appendices and helpful resources.

There is also a short format guide, which provides a summary of the pathway and benchmarks, and an overview of the policy and strategic context for each topic.

We are also developing guidance on community mental health care for adults and older adults and eating disorders services for adults.

We work with the College Centre for Quality Improvement to develop a self-assessment and improvement programme to support the delivery of the pathways.


The topics covered so far include:


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