Publications/Guidance

Bringing together physical and mental health: A new frontier for integrated care. Until now, most efforts to promote integrated care have focused on bridging the gaps between health and social care or between primary and secondary care. But the NHS Five Year Forward View has highlighted a third dimension – bringing together physical and mental health. This report from The King's Fund makes a compelling case for this 'new frontier' for integration. It gives service users’ perspectives on what integrated care would look like and highlights 10 areas that offer some of the biggest opportunities for improving quality and controlling costs. 

Key facts and trends in mental health: 2016 update. The Mental Health Network (MHN) has published the fourth edition of its factsheet on key statistics and trends in mental health. 

Preventing deaths in detention of adults with mental health conditions: progress review. An Equality and Human Rights Commission follow-up report to its 2015 inquiry into non-natural deaths of adults with mental health conditions who were detained in prisons, police custody or psychiatric hospitals between 2010-13 examines the steps taken to act on the Commission's recommendations. The report acknowledges that some improvements have been made in police custody, hospitals and prisons; however, progress is patchy and safety in prisons is a significant concern.  

Legislation

National Health Service Commissioning Board and Clinical Commissioning Groups (Responsibilities and Standing Rules) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 (SI 2016/293). These regulations, which come into force on 1 April 2016, amend SI 2012/2996 relating to the functioning and commissioning responsibilities of NHS England and CCGs. In particular, they amend CCG responsibility for the provision of aftercare services under s.117 of the Mental Health Act 1983 by omitting reg.14(2)(a) of the 2012 Regulations, so that CCG responsibility is determined in accordance with s.117(3) of the 1983 Act. See also the Explanatory Memorandum.