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

Other work to improve mental health care

As well as developing mental health care pathways, we develop NICE guidelines and are involved in many different areas of mental health research.


Clinical guidelines for NICE

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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:

Our guidelines have been recognised nationally and internationally:

Our guidelines have been translated and adopted/adapted by other healthcare systems, including in Italy, Australia and Slovenia.

See full list of NICE guidelines developed by the NCCMH.



Independent systematic reviews


Projects in development

We are working on a number of other important projects:

  • A self-harm and suicide prevention competence framework commissioned by Health Education England
  • 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 review of mental health interventions in schools (prevention and treatment) to underpin Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision: a Green Paper
  • A review of the Mental Health Act.



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If you would like to know more, please contact us on 020 3701 2635 or email us.


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