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Guidance for commissioners of community specialist mental health services

Practical mental health commissioning

This guide has been written by a group of specialist community mental health care experts in participation with patients and carers. Much is evidence-based but ideas that are felt to be best practice by expert consensus are included.

By the end of this guide, readers should be more familiar with the concept of specialist community mental health and better equipped to understand:

  • what a good quality, modern, specialist community mental healthservice looks like
  • how a good specialist community mental health service can help deliver the objectives of the mental health strategy and the Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention programme – not only in itself but also by enabling changes in other parts of the system.