Guides to improve mental health commissioning

Via Royal College of General Practitioners

Four practical guides to help current and future commissioners plan and deliver high quality mental health services have been published.

Four short, easy-to-use guides, produced by the Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health (JCP-MH), describe what good quality, modern mental health services should look like. They bring together scientific evidence, patient and carer experience and viewpoints, and examples of best practice.

The guides focus on

  • primary mental health care services
  • child and adolescent mental health service transitions
  • dementia services, and
  • acute liaison services.
Guidance for commissioners of primary mental health services Guidance for commissioners of liaison mental health services to acute hospitals
JCP-MH Primary mental health care guide jcp-mh liaison psychiatry guide
Guidance for commissioners of dementia services Guidance for commissioners of mental health services for young people making the transition from child and adolescent to adult services
jcp-mh Dementia Guide JCP-MH Transition guide


The JCP-MH was launched in March 2011. It is led by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Royal College of General Practitioners, in collaboration with 15 other leading organisations with an interest in mental health, learning disabilities and wellbeing.

The organisations came together to address concerns about the future commissioning of mental health services, and use their shared expertise to support current and future commissioners in commissioning mental health care that delivers the best possible outcomes.

Further information
RCGP Press office – 020 3188 7574/7575/7576/7569
Out of hours: 0203 188 7659