Information, tools and guidance to support mental health commissioning and the transformation of services.

Mental Health Urgent and Emergency Care Pathways

NHS England is working with partners to develop evidence-based treatment pathways to ensure high-quality urgent and emergency mental health care is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (24/7) to people who are experiencing a mental health crisis.

Guidance is now available on:

Guidance will be available on:

  • Urgent and emergency mental health response from blue light services (e.g. police. Ambulance) – Part 1
  • Urgent and emergency 24/7 community adult mental health response (e.g. crisis teams, crisis lines, primary care) – Part 3
  • Urgent and emergency 24/7 mental health response for children and young people (e.g. acute hospital liaison and community crisis response) – Part 4

Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs)

Quick guides have been published to help local leaders work together to develop and deliver Sustainability and Transformation Plans which address the key priorities for the NHS, including mental health.

The guide for mental health describes the top-line objectives NHS England has committed to delivering by the end of the decade, both nationally and locally.

Developing quality and outcomes measures

The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health outlined the need for services to be able to demonstrate how they deliver evidence-based, integrated mental healthcare with services assessed on the quality and outcomes that are valued by the people who use them. It recommends national and local outcomes measures should be used as part of the payment system.

Working with stakeholders, NHS England and NHS Improvement have developed guidance, Developing quality and outcomes measures, which will support local footprints in developing quality and outcome measures, and implement routine measurement to help build the foundations for outcomes-based payment for mental health services in local areas.

Care Packages and Pathway Consortium

Legacy and archived materials on mental health payment and currencies which were previously available from the Care Packages and Pathway Consortium (CCCP) can be found on the archived CCCP website.

IAPT Workforce Census Report

The 2015 IAPT Workforce Census Report, produced jointly by NHS England and Health Education England, offers the most comprehensive view to date of the size and shape of the IAPT workforce in England, providing insight into the capacity of IAPT services to offer the full range of NICE-recommended psychological therapies.

The results are being used to inform workforce planning discussions and future IAPT expansion by providing information about the current skill mix and skill gaps, retention and turnover of staff, as well as identifying staff groups who could benefit from IAPT training courses to increase capacity for the full range of therapies.

New payment approaches for mental health services