National inspirations

Access to support before a crisis

UCL Call out for information on Acute Day Units for database (October 2016)

Commons Health Committtee: Inquiry into how to improve suicide prevention in England (submissions by 9 September)

RCNi Mental Health Practice: Evidence for joint police and mental health responses for people in mental health crisis (July 2016)

Department of Health News Story: Increased mental health services for those arrested (July 2016)

Centre for Mental Health: Missed opportunities, A review of recent evidence into children and young people’s mental health (June 2016)

PHE and NHS England: Working Together – how health, social care and fire and rescue services can increase their reach, scale and impact through joint working (June 2016)

Stay Alive: Grassroots Suicide Prevention App

Centre for Mental Health: Aiming for ‘zero suicides’, Lawrence Moulin (October 2015)

Mental Health Foundation: Looking after your mental health, March 2016

Professor Kevin Fenton’s blog: Preventing suicide – what can local authorities do? (January 2016)

PHE: Resources for local authorities, public healthcare professionals, police forces and others to prevent suicides (December 2015)

MBRRACE-UK: Saving Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care (December 2015)

Suicide Process and Mitigation, MJ Smith Head of Suicide Prevention and Mental Health, British Transport Police

SCIE: Adult Safeguarding: sharing information

SCIE’s Adult safeguarding: sharing information guide aims to support implementation of the adult safeguarding aspects of the Care Act 2014.

Health and Social Care Information Centre: A guide to confidentiality in health and social care

Big White Wall

Safe, 24/7 digital support for mental health and wellbeing issues. Clinically moderated at all times.

Access to care – NHS Mental Health Apps Library

NHS England has launched a ground breaking initiative to improve access to psychological therapies by unveiling the first ever directory of NHS-endorsed digital mental health services.

HMIC: The welfare of vulnerable people in police custody (March 2015)

HMIC has published a report on the welfare of vulnerable people in police custody, following a thematic inspection commissioned by the Home Secretary. HMIC was asked to look specifically at the treatment of children, people who were mentally unwell and people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.

Henry Ford Health System: Depression Care Program Eliminates Suicide

A unique program in Detroit for patients with depression has resulted in two and a half years without a single suicide from Henry Ford's patient population.

NHS England: Guidance to support the introduction of access and waiting time standards for mental health services in 2015/16

Connecting with People: U Can Cope campaign

Connecting with People: Staying Safe if you’re not sure life’s worth living

This new resource, from Connecting with People, has been written to support anyone in distress and feeling suicidal.

Suicide Mitigation in Primary Care Fact Sheet

Fact sheet produced on behalf of the RCGP/RCPsych Primary Care Mental Health Forum.

Suicide prevention for GPs is highly cost effective, Martin Knapp, LSE

Hospital Episode Statistics and Mental Health minimum data set – April 2014

This is the latest monthly (April 2014) statistical publication in relation to the linked HES (Hospital Episode Statistics) and MHMDS (Mental Health Minimum Data Set) data.

Tele triage suicide prevention measure

What can be learnt from domestic & international tele-triage models to assist NHS 111 London in the development of best practice for mental health callers in crisis

Commissioning to allow earlier intervention and responsive crisis services

Centre for Health Economics: Funding of Mental Health Services: Do Available Data Support Episodic Payment (October 2016)

House of Commons: Improving access to mental health services Sixteenth Report of Session 2016 (21 September 2016)

Agenda: Mental health services not considering women’s needs (25 September 2016)

NHS England: Investment in three new units for mothers with ill health (23 September 2016)

Mental Health Commissioners Network

NHS England to improve mental health care for armed forces veterans (1 September 2016)

DH and Home Office invite bids for additional funding for places of safety (submit bids by 23 September 2016)

PHE NMHIN: Mental Health Crisis Care Profile (August 2016)

College of Policing Consultation on content of the Suicide and Bereavement Authorised Professional Practice (respond by 17 August 2016)

RCPsych Centre for Quality Improvement: Report of the Early Intervention in Psychosis Audit (July 2016)

NHS England: Implementing the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health (July 2016)

House of Commons Library briefing on children and young people’s mental health policy and services (June 2016)

Centre for Mental Health: Preventing Prison Suicide: Perspectives from the inside (May 2016)

Mental Health Core Skills Education and Training Framework 2016

NHS Providers Report: Funding Mental Health at Local Level, Unpicking the Variation (May 2016)

Bidding now open for government funding for health based places of safety (8 May 2016)

National Audit Office: Mental health services, preparations for improving access, 21 April 2016

CentreForum Commission on Children and Young People’s Mental Health: State of the Nation (April 2016)

The King’s Fund: Bringing together physical and mental health, A new frontier for integrated care (March 2016)

Department of Health: Carers Strategy Call for Evidence (respond by 30 June 2016)

Mental Health Network NHS Confederation Factsheet: Key facts and trends in mental health 2016 update (March 2016)

NHS England Access and Waiting Times

New Local Government Network (NLGN): Get Well Soon (March 2016)

Time to change and NHS England: New training to support mental health professionals tackle stigma and discrimination within services (February 2016)

Houses of Parliament Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology: Psychological Health of Military Personnel (February 2016)

NHS England: Questionnaire about developing mental health services for veterans in England (respond by 31 March 2016)

Mersey Care NHS Trust: Mental Health Integration, Past and Future, A Report of National Survey into Mental Health Integration in England (February 2016)

Marmot Inequalities Indicators for 2015 for England, March 2016

PHE Suicide Prevention Profile, March 2016

Mental Health Taskforce Report: The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, February 2016

National Suicide Prevention Alliance Conference 2016

Royal College of Physicians Crisis Care Surveys: Respond by 26 February 2016

‘Old Problems, New Solutions’, Report of The Commission to review the provision of acute inpatient psychiatric care for adults (February 2016)

NSPCC: It’s Time Campaign (January 2016)

Improving outcomes for people in mental health crisis: a rapid synthesis of the evidence for available models of care (January 2016)

Prime Minister pledges a revolution in mental health treatment (January 2016)

Mental Health, Dementia and Neurology Intelligence Network – Public Health Profiles

Delivering the Forward View: NHS Planning Guidance 2016/17 – 2010/21 (December 2015)

UCL Crisis Team Optimisation and Relapse Prevention (Core) Resource Pack

Institute of Alcohol Studies: Alcohol’s effect on emergency services (October 2015)

The Kings Fund Briefing: Mental health under pressure (November 2015)

HSCIC: Mental Health Bulletin Annual Statistics, 2014-15 (October 2015)

Monitor: Consultation on payment proposals for mental health services for adults and older people commissioned by CCGs in 2016/17 (October 2015)

NHS England: Integrated Urgent Care Commissioning Standards (September 2015)

Local Government Association: Map of Health and Wellbeing Board priorities and good practice across England

NHS England announce pump prime investment in all age 24/7 liaison mental health services in emergency departments

Local Government Association: Mental Health Crisis Concordat, Local authority provision and practice, March 2015

Geraldine Strathdee: mental health care in England – dawn of a new era (September 2015)

The Health Foundation: Is mental health care improving? (March 2015)

Mental Health Taskforce

RCP: Putting the pieces together, Removing the barriers to excellent patient care (September 2015)

NHS Clinical Commissioners: Commissioning for crisis care and recovery briefing (June 2015)

PHE: Identifying and responding to suicide clusters and contagion: A practice resource (September 2015)

NHS England: Consultations into voluntary sector role in health and care

Monitor: Local payment examples Mental healthcare: a capitated approach to payment with outcomes and risk share components

Blog by Dr Jacqueline Cornish, National Clinical Director for Children and Young People, NHS England: The new programme to improve young people’s mental health services

Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, Minister for Community and Social Care, Better mental health for the young: where, when and how to target funding

Blog by Dr Geraldine Strathee, National Director for Mental Health at NHS England: Working to deliver the care mental health patients deserve

College of Paramedics: Evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee Inquiry into Mental Health Policing

The National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness

Annual Report of the Centre for Mental Health and Safety, University of Manchester, July 2015.

World Health Organization: 2014 Mental Health Atlas

HMFA: Medicine for Managers and Mental Health

An introduction to mental health services for finance managers.

Consultation on CAAPC Interim Report open until 1 September 2015

The Commission has asked for feedback on the Interim Report by Tuesday 1 September 2015.

LGA and ADASS: Note for adult safeguarding boards on the Mental Health Crisis Concordat

Department of Health: No voice unheard, no right ignored – a consultation for people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions

This consultation closes on 29 May 2015.

The CORE Study

The CORE Study is a research programme funded by the National Institute for Health Research. The purpose is to test a 39-item fidelity measure, developed by the CORE research team at UCL, which assesses how far CRT services are achieving a model of good practice.

Mental Health Task Force: Mental Health 5 Year Forward View Survey

Mind and Rethink Mental Illness want to hear what you believe are the main priority outcomes for mental health services for the next five years. They have set up the Mental Health 5 Year Forward View Survey and will be using the responses to help shape the work of NHS England’s Mental Health Taskforce.

Mental Health Task Force: A five year strategy for mental health: Terms of Reference

The Mental Health Taskforce is responsible for creating and publishing a new five-year all age national strategy for mental health to 2020.

NHS England: Public mental health leadership and workforce development framework (March 2015)

NHS England Business Plan 2015 – 2016

The NHS England business plan sets out how NHS England will support commissioning and drive improvements in patient outcomes.

DH and NHS England: Future in mind Promoting, protecting and improving our children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing (2015)

Commissioning for Value: Reducing the Number of High Intensity Users of Unscheduled Services

A new Right Care casebook shows how NHS Blackpool and NHS Fylde and Wyre CCGs addressed the issue of high-intensity users to reduce the burden on unscheduled care services.

NHS England: Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) Guidance for 2015/16

This guidance sets out the CQUIN scheme for 2015/16, to be offered by NHS commissioners to providers of healthcare services under the NHS Standard Contract.

£75,000 charitable grant to fund national review to assess needs for veterans’ mental health (February 2015)

The NHS is set to benefit from a charitable grant from the Forces in Mind Trust to fund a national review of Health Needs Assessments for veterans’ mental health and other health related needs.

Department of Health: Suicide prevention: second annual report (February 2015)

The second annual report sets out what local areas can do to prevent suicide and save lives.

Commissioning mental health services for vulnerable adult migrants: Guidance for commissioners (2014)

Updated guidance by Dr Pauline Lane, Reader in Mental Health, Department of Primary and Public Health, Anglia Ruskin University and Professor Rachel Tribe, School of Psychology, University of East London.

Centre for Mental Health: Supporting children’s mental health is a good investment (2015)

Public Health England: Model Specification for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services: Targeted and Specialist levels (Tiers 2/3)

PHE publishes report on substance misuse treatment for young people (January 2015)

The latest statistics on specialist substance misuse treatment for young people in England during 2013 to 2014.

Public Health England: Mental health: needs of gang-affiliated young people (2015)

A briefing produced as part of the Ending Gang and Youth Violence programme

Mental Health Foundation: Right Here: how to promote youth-friendly mental health and wellbeing services

This ‘How to’ guide is one of a series of guides designed to bring together learning from the five-year Right Here programme to support the mental wellbeing of young people aged 16–25.

NHS England: New commissioning tools published for transitions from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) (2105)

Two new resources to support commissioning effective transitional mental health services for young people.

House of Commons Home Affairs Committee: Policing and mental health (2105)

Eleventh Report of Session 2014–15

NICE Shared Learning Awards 2015

NICE is now accepting entries for the 2015 Shared Learning Awards which recognise and reward examples of how NICE guidance and standards have been put into practice.

Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health: Guidance for commissioners of mental health services for young people making the transition from child and adolescent to adult services

National Voices: No Assumptions, A narrative for personalised, coordinated care and support in mental health

This document describes some critical outcomes and success factors in the care, support and treatment of people who use mental health services, from their perspective.

Preventing Suicide in England: A cross-government strategy to save lives (DH 2012)

This document sets out the national all-age suicide prevention strategy for England.

NHS England, The Forward View Into Action: Planning for 2015/16

NHS England's planning guidance document published in December 2014.

ADASS: Better Care Technology Survey 2014

This survey undertaken by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) considered the range and extent of technology applications within commissioned care services and sought to establish the development needs going forward.

NHS 111 Learning and Development Phase 2 – Call for Proposal

This document sets out the process and timescales for organisations and their commissioners to submit proposals for phase 2. The closing date for proposals is Friday, 28 November 2014.

NHS London Strategic Clinical Networks: London mental health crisis commissioning standards

The Mental Health Strategic Clinical Network has produced a set of standards and recommendations for commissioning mental health crisis services across London.

Care Quality Commission Thematic review of mental health crisis care: initial data review

The analysis draws information collected from providers and other key organisations, together with data collected by CQC from people who use local services and organisations that support them, to show a picture of mental health crisis care by local authority area.

Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health: Guidance for commissioners of mental health services for people from black and minority ethnic communities

Royal College of Psychiatrists Manifesto: Making parity a reality

The Royal College of Psychiatrists Manifesto, Making parity a reality: Six asks for the next government to improve the nation’s mental health.

CQUIN: Commissioning for Quality and Innovation in NHS Commissioning

CQUIN stands for 'Commissioning for Quality and Innovation' in NHS commissioning. The CQUIN payment framework enables commissioners to reward excellence, by linking a proportion of English healthcare providers' income to the achievement of local quality improvement goals.

Strengthening Mental Health Commissioning in Primary Care: Practical solutions and learning from experience

This report is intended to provoke and support clinical commissioners to champion effective primary care mental health services. The guide is written specifically for mental health commissioners and practitioners and could be a useful resource for other commissioners and providers too.

Resource: BMA Board of Science – Achieving Parity of Outcomes

Download the BMA Board of Science's report: 'Recognising the importance of physical health in mental health and intellectual disability - Achieving parity of outcomes.'

Good Practice Template

Download and use this good practice form to tell us about what you are doing locally to design and deliver a service / group / initiative for people living with mental health problems.


Consultation: National Data Guardian for Health and Care’s Review of Data Security, Consent and Opt-Outs (respond by 7 September 2016)

National Data Guardian for Health and Care: Review of Data Security, Consent and Opt-Outs (June 2016)

NICE Call for Evidence: People’s experience in adult social care services (respond by 30th March 2016)

The Housing LIN (Learning and Improvement Network)

Jon Rouse, DH: Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat: What can local government do to enhance mental health crisis care? (October 2015)

The King’s Fund Animation: An alternative guide to mental health care in England

Statutory Disclosure Guidance – Home Office (August 2015)

Positive Practice Mental Health Collaborative

Home Secretary announces review of deaths in policy custody, 23 July 2015

IPCC: Deaths during or following police contact: Statistics for England and Wales 2013/14

Speech by The Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP at the Royal College of Psychiatrists International Congress on 2 July 2015

DH Care and Support Specialised Housing (CASSH) fund Phase 2

Specialist housing developers and providers are being invited to bid for a share of an additional fund of up to £155 million to develop accommodation for adults who need support in order to live independently, be it due to old age or disability. This phase of the CASSH fund will prioritise applications for housing for people with learning disabilities or mental health issues.

Mental Health Services: Children: Written question (16 December 2014)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent in (a) cash and (b) real terms on child and adolescent mental health services per young person in England in each of the last five years.

Mental Health Act 1983: Code of Practice 2015

Stronger Code: Better Care: The Government response to the Consultation on the Mental Health Act 1983 Code of Practice (2105)

Basics of Improvement Methodology

This paper is intended to provide an introduction to the ‘Improvement Model’ which is central to all change management programmes.

Quality of care and treatment in a crisis

University of Manchester: The National Confidential Enquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness (October 2016)

DH Guidance: Out of area placements in mental health services in acute inpatient care (30 September 2016)

UCL: Street Triage Final Report (March 2016)

CQC First top ratings for NHS mental health trusts: Northumberland Tyne and Wear and East London (1 September 2016)

RCPsych: Defining a health-based place of safety (S136) and crisis assessment sites for young people under 18 (August 2016)

CQC: First round of NHS mental health trust inspections completed (July 2016)

Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing National Summary Report: Mental health and policing

NHSE: Improving the Physical Health of People with Serious Mental Illness: A practical toolkit (May 2016)

DH: Improving the physical health of people with mental health problems: Actions for mental health nurses (May 2016)

Community Mental Health Survey 2016 – respond by 24 June 2016

QualityWatch: Focus on people with mental ill health and hospital use infographic

Webinar: Pooky Knightsmith, Understanding and supporting self-harm, 22 October 2016

National Voices Discussion Paper: What is the role of voluntary and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in care and support planning? (March 2016)

Protocol on Police attendance in mental health, learning disability and place of safety settings: respond by 9 April 2016

Mental Health Foundation: The truth about self-harm for young people and their friends and families (February 2016)

The Kings’ Fund: Bringing together physical and mental health, A new frontier for integrated care (March 2016)

IPCC: Police use of force: evidence from complaints, investigations and public perception (March 2016)

NHS England: Summary Care Records E-learning Resource

RCEM: Clear Campaign, a five point plan to improve emergency mental health care (January 2016)

Department of Health: Social work for better mental health: A strategic statement (January 2016)

NICE Guidance: Transition between inpatient hospital settings and community or care home settings for adults with social care needs, December 2015

The Academy of NHS Fabulous Stuff: Making carers welcome in mental health

College of Policing Consultation: Authorised Professional Practice (APP) on mental health open until 1 January 2016.

NHSE: Children & Young Person’s Mental Health Service Information Passport (October 2015)

NMHDU: In Sight and In Mind, A toolkit to reduce the use of out of area mental health services (March 2011)

Report of the 2nd Annual Survey of Liaison Psychiatry in England

There to help: Ensuring provision of appropriate adults for mentally vulnerable adults detained or interviewed by police

The Carers Trust: The Triangle of Care, Carers Included: A Guide to Best Practice in Mental Health Care

MHPF: The Voluntary and Community Sector’s role in supporting better mental health crisis care

Safely home: What happens when people leave hospital and care settings?

Healthwatch England Special inquiry findings, July 2015

Race Equality Foundation: Mental health crisis review – experiences of black and minority ethnic communities

The Race Equality Foundation conducted a series of interviews and focus groups with black and minority ethnic people who had experience of crisis care.

National Mental Health Development Unit: Getting the Medicines Right

RCPsych Faculty of Liaison Psychiatry Newsletter March 2015

NHS England: A toolkit to support NHS commissioners to reduce poor experience of in-patient Care (March 2015)

This toolkit has been developed to support NHS commissioners to work collaboratively with patients, carers and NHS provider organisations to reduce poor experiences of in-patient care.

NHS England: Model Specification for Transitions from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (January 2015)

NHS England has published a new resource to support commissioning effective mental health services for young people.

EHRC: Preventing Deaths in Detention of Adults with Mental Health Conditions (2015)

The EHRC enquiry looked at non-natural deaths of adults with mental health conditions in detention in England and Wales, focussing on prisons, police custody and psychiatric hospitals.

Launch of the Independent Commission to Review the Provision of Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Care for Adults in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

The Commission's call for evidence will be open until 18 March 2015. It would like to hear from individuals and organisations with knowledge and experience of acute psychiatric care for adults in England, Wales or Northern Ireland.

The College of Emergency Medicine: Mental Health in Emergency Departments (2104)

A toolkit for improving care.

HSJ and Nursing Times: Patient Safety Awards 6-7 July 2015

Care Quality Commission: Monitoring the Mental Health Act in 2013/14

Under the MHA 1983, the CQC has a duty to monitor how services in England exercise their duties in relation to patients who are detained in hospital or subject to community treatment orders or guardianship.

CQC: A safer place to be: Findings from our survey of health-based places of safety for people detained under section 136 of the Mental Health Act

Effective Crisis Planning

NICE: Guidance on well-planned hospital hospital discharge and Clinical Audit Tool

Care Programme Approach discharge protocol

Eight pilots to lead innovation in children’s mental health

Eight pilot schemes set to lead the way in innovating change to services for children and young people with mental health issues have scooped a share of a £500k fund.

Care Quality Commission Intelligent monitoring: trusts that provide mental health services

Intelligent monitoring guides CQC inspections, helping them to decide when, where and what to inspect.

Meeting the Challenge – Making a Difference

Download this new practitioner guide offering information, advice and guidance for those working with people with personality difficulties in community settings.

Royal College of Pscychiatrists: Home Treatment Accreditation Scheme (HTAS) newsletter – September 2014

Download the September 2014 HTAS newsletter.

Getting it right for children & young people (including those transitioning into adult services): a report on CQC’s new approach to inspection

The CQC has published a report on the inspection of hospital services for children and young people.

BMA: Confidentiality and disclosure of health information tool kit

The purpose of this tool kit is to identify the key factors which need to be taken into account when decisions about confidentiality and disclosure are made.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Tier 4 Report

This is the Report for the Specialised Commissioning Oversight Group who in September 2013 commissioned an urgent stocktake of CAMHS Tier 4 inpatient services.

The Bradley report five years on: An independent review of progress to date and priorities for further development

The Bradley Commission is an independent review set up by Centre for Mental Health examining the progress made in the five years since the publication of the Bradley Report (DH, 2009a).

Resource: Mental Health Crisis Pathway Analysis

Download the NHS Benchmarking Network's Mental Health Crisis Pathway Analysis.

Resource: British Journal of Psychiatry Articles

Download the British Journal of Psychiatry's articles on alternatives to standard in-patient care in England.

Recovery and staying well

Natural England: Links between natural environments and mental health (July 2016)

Centre for Mental Health: More than shelter, Supported accommodation and mental health (June 2016)

HACT: Mental Health and Housing Short Guide (2016)

Mental Health Foundation: Mental Health and Housing Policy Paper (January 2016)

National Debtline

National Debtline is a free, independent and confidential debt advice service run by the charity Money Advice Trust.

National Survivor User Network: Service users’ experiences of recovery under the 2008 Care Programme Approach

Open University: Journeying Through Wellbeing

Resource: ImROC Briefing on Risk and Recovery

Urgent and emergency access to care

NHSE: How do we integrate Urgent Care Services to support patients with mental health needs?

National Ambulance Mental Health Group: s136 Protocol (April 2015)

DH Social Care News blog: Word on the street is triage works

Performance Monitoring Information: Section 136 Mental Health Act 1983 & patients who are AWOL (April 2015)

Report of the London Mental Health Partnership Board.

NHS: Help us shape the future strategy for the NHS Directory of Services (DoS) to support users across the whole urgent care system

Details of engagement workshops in February and March to listen to stakeholder views and needs, to understand how we can open up and improve the Directory of Services.

Department of Health and Home Office Consultation Report: Review of the Operation of Sections 135 and 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983

Care UK Urgent and Important: The Future for urgent care in a 24/7 NHS

The Urgent Care Commission recommendations for service-wide improvements.

Home Office: Helping the police to support people with vulnerabilities

Guidance to Liaison Psychiatry Services

This guidance, commissioned by the Strategic Clinical Network for Mental Health, Dementia and Neurological Conditions South West, provides advice on commissioning liaison psychiatry services, specifying minimum and optimum service specifications, costs and quality outcome measures.

Resource: NHS England – Urgent and Emergency Care Review End of Phase 1 Report

Download NHS England's Urgent and Emergency Care Review End of Phase 1 Report.