Commissioning Guides

We have produced a series of guides, which provide a description of what a ‘good’ service configuration should look like, supported by scientific evidence, service user and carer experience, and case studies of best practice.

The list below shows the guides ordered by the date of publication. You can quickly navigate to the guides using the menu on the right hand side of the page, ordered alphabetically by subject area.

Guidance for commissioners of financially, environmentally, and socially sustainable mental health servicesGuidance for commissioners of financially, environmentally, and socially sustainable mental health services

This guide supports commissioners, local health authorities and providers to think broadly, but practically, about building sustainable, resilient communities that have the potential, over time, to reduce mental ill health.

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Guidance for commissioners of mental health services for people from black and minority ethnic communitiesGuidance for commissioners of mental health services for people from black and minority ethnic communities

This guide describes what ‘good’ mental health services for people from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities. » Read more

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Guidance for commissioners of eating disorder servicesGuidance for commissioners of eating disorder services

This guide is about commissioning comprehensive mental health services for people with eating disorders that are therapeutic and promote independence and recovery. » Read more

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10 key messages on Values-based Commissioning in Mental HealthGuidance on values-based commissioning in mental health

This guide is about Values-based Commissioning in Mental Health (VbC-MH), an approach where the commissioning process rests on three equal pillars: patient and carer perspective or values; clinical expertise; and knowledge derived from scientific or other systematic approaches. » Read more

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10 key messages on commissioning child and adolescent mental health servicesGuidance for commissioners of child and adolescent mental health services

This guide is about commissioning child and adolescent mental health services. It explains the purpose, characteristics and components of good quality services that are therapeutic, safe and support recovery. » Read more

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Guidance for commissioners of acute care – inpatient and crisis home treatmentGuidance for commissioners of acute care – inpatient and crisis home treatment

This guide is about commissioning services for people with acute mental health needs. It explains the purpose, characteristics and components of acute care so that commissioners can commission good quality services that are therapeutic, safe and support recovery. » Read more

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Guidance for commissioners of community specialist mental health servicesGuidance for commissioners of community specialist mental health services

This guide is about the commissioning of specialist community mental health services. It explores the role of Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs), Assertive Outreach Teams and Early Intervention Teams among others. » Read more

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Guidance for commissioners of mental health services for people with learning disabilitiesGuidance for commissioners of mental health services for people with learning disabilities

This guide is about the commissioning of mental health services for people with learning disabilities, enabling them to live full and rewarding lives as part of their local communities. » Read more

 

Guidance for commissioners of older people’s mental health servicesGuidance for commissioners of older people’s mental health services

This guide is about the commissioning of mental health services which can improve the mental health and wellbeing of older people. » Read more

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Guidance for commissioners of drug and alcohol servicesGuidance for commissioners of drug and alcohol services

This guide has been written to provide practical advice on developing and delivering local plans and strategies to commission the most effective and efficient drug and alcohol services for adults. » Read more

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Guidance for commissioners of forensic mental health servicesGuidance for commissioners of forensic mental health services

This guide is about the commissioning of high, medium, and low secure forensic mental health services for working-age adults. » Read more

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Guidance for commissioning public mental health servicesGuidance for commissioning public mental health services

This guide is about the commissioning of public mental health interventions to reduce the burden of mental disorder, enhance mental wellbeing, and support the delivery of a broad range of outcomes relating to health, education and employment. » Read more

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Guidance for commissioners of rehabilitation services for people with complex mental health needsGuidance for commissioners of rehabilitation services for people with complex mental health needs

This guide is about the commissioning of good quality mental health interventions and services for people with complex and longer term problems to support them in their recovery. » Read more

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perinatalGuidance for commissioners for perinatal mental health services

This guide is about the commissioning of good quality perinatal mental health services. » Read more

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Guidance for commissioners of primary care mental health servicesGuidance for commissioners of primary care mental health services

This guide is about the commissioning of good quality, modern, primary mental health care services. » Read more

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Guidance for commissioners of liaison mental health services to acute hospitalsGuidance for commissioners of liaison mental health services to acute hospitals

This guide is about the commissioning of good quality liaison services for addressing mental health needs in acute care settings. » Read more

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Guidance for commissioners of dementia servicesGuidance for commissioners of dementia services

This guide is about the commissioning of good quality care for people living with dementia, their carers and families. » Read more

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Guidance for commissioners of mental health services for young people making the transition from child and adolescent to adult servicesGuidance for commissioners of mental health services for young people

This guide is about the commissioning of transitions services for young people making the transition from child and adolescent to adult services. » Read more

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2 thoughts on “Commissioning Guides

  1. I’m interested to know when you expect the guides you are currently working on to be ready, particularly the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and Community Mental Health Services. Thank you.

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