Providing practical tools and guidance for mental health commissioners to use


CAMHS Transitions Guide

The need has been identified to underpin innovative practice in CAMHS Transitions work with guidance for commissioners of these services. Alongside other contributions to national work on CAMHS Transitions, the Programme has been asked to produce this guidance as part of the wider Mental Health Commissioning Guide

Promoting wellbeing and public mental health

The Mental Health Commissioning Programme is working with the NMHDU Wellbeing and Public Mental Health programme to generate practical guidance for NHS and Local Authority Commissioners that will support them in making local decisions about mental health improvement and the development and provision of local mental health promotion and prevention services and interventions.
The aim of the guidance is to provide a practical resource for commissioners to enable them to commission preventative and health promoting interventions for population mental health and wellbeing.

Project Lead: Gregor Henderson

The Well-being and Public Mental Health Programme has published a mental well-being (MWB) checklist.  It is simple and easy to use and helps the reader become more familiar with the major influences on mental well-being and provides a quick reference source to help with local improvements and actions as part of local commissioning, development, review, delivery or evaluation.

Click here to download the MWB checklist in A4 format or A3 format

and read more details about the checklist here

Read the National Guidance on Commissioning for Wellbeing and Public Mental Health.

Best practice guide for service user involvement in commissioning

This guide is being co-produced with the NW SHA it will set out national and international best practice. The guide will be a practical tool for MH Commissioners and is due to be completed Dec 2010

Partnership with the Industry and Mental Health Services Collaborative (IMHSeC)

The IMHSeC partnership are supporting a piece of work around outcomes.  This support will aid the development of a range of practical options to support effective commissioning of mental health services. A project team has been convened who will be responsible for the development and implementation of a detailed project plan and the IMHSeC group are working closely with the National PbR Programme on this product.

Mental Health Minimum Data Set

Improving current, and scoping future data requirements

The work was developed and delivered primarily through a strategic partnership with The Information Centre for Health & Social Care and East of England SHA via a stakeholder delivery group. .

Mental Health Joint Strategic needs Assessment Tool-Kit

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and Mental Health Commissioning Toolkit - A practical guide, 2009

This practical toolkit aims to support mental health commissioners comprehensively assess levels of need in their local community.

Clinical and Professional Engagement - A guide for mental health professionals

A guide for mental health professionals to provide a practical introduction to Mental Health Commissioning for professionals and clinicians, and to demonstrate first, the importance of their active involvement in the commissioning process, and second, how, when and where they can usefully contribute to the commissioning process.
In particular it references the central principle that ‘increased clinical and patient input, combined with a more accurate assessment of long-term local requirements, will ensure services are more closely designed to meet evolving patient needs'.

The Commissioners Friend

Mental health remains a clinical priority for government and as a result the last decade has seen significant changes. Mental health services have been transformed over the last decade, largely through the implementation on the National Service Framework for Mental Health alongside a range of supporting guidance. The focus has tended to be on the development and implementation of a prescribed set of services rather than the commissioning of those services. It has been recognised that commissioning of mental health services has not been as strong as other clinical areas. There may be a number of reasons for this, including lack of capacity and capability within PCTs.

The Mental Health Commissioners Friend (MHCF) was first published in 2005 as part of a range of guidance documents produced by the National Primary and Care Trust Development Programme (NatPaCT). It was intended to assist PCTs and Local Authorities (LAs) to develop their skills, expertise and knowledge in relation to commissioning mental health services. Since its' publication there have been a number of legislative, policy, guidance and organisational changes. Many of these have been within the NHS, although some have also been in the LA environment. In many cases these changes have overlapped both health and social care.

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