Chief Medical Officer publishes annual report on mental health

The Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally C Davies, today published her annual report focusing on mental health. Dame Sally makes 14 recommendations to improve public mental health services you can view the report here: Click here to view the report Our Twitter feed, @ContactConsult provides some of the key messages from the report.  

Practical Mental Health Commissioning

This framework, co-authored by Steve Appleton of Contact Consulting, has been published by the Joint Commissioning Panel- Mental Health. The JCP-MH includes the Royal Colleges of General Practitioners and Psychiatrists, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, the NHS Confederation, Rethink Mental Illness and Mind. It will help provide the practical guidance that GP pathfinder consortia, local authorities, and PCTs in transition often report is lacking when commissioning for mental health and wellbeing has been written for GP pathfinder consortia, local authorities, as well as PCTs in transition, and is intended to guide commissioners as they move through a complex and changing terrain. The new document provides a clear framework for what mental health commissioning looks like now, how it will work under the reforms, and identifies the opportunities to provide care in the future.  Click here to view publication

Guide for commissioners of older people’s mental health services

This guide has been written by Contact Consulting, for the Royal College of Psychiatrists Joint Commissioning Panel - Mental Health with a group of older people’s mental health professionals, people with mental health problems, and carers. The content is primarily evidence and literature-based, but ideas deemed to be best practice by expert consensus have also been included. It has been written to provide information and practical advice on developing and delivering local plans and strategies to commission the most effective and efficient older people’s mental health services.  Click here to view publication