Guidance for Commissioners, Service Managers, Psychology Managers & Practitioners.
In recent years there have been an increased emphasis on mental health and on in-patient services within mental health across all the four nations within the UK. Whilst legislation, policies, strategies and frameworks for mental health are slightly different within the four nations in the UK there are strong common themes emerging from all of these documents:
- recovery and Inclusion of service users and carers;
- access to psychological intervention in all areas of mental health;
- development of a workforce competent in psychological understanding and interventions; and
- quality of care improvements.
The aims of this document are two-fold: Firstly, to inform commissioners and managers about the contribution of clinical psychology to the acute care pathway. Secondly, to provide a toolkit for service managers, psychology managers and clinical psychology practitioners to demonstrate how psychological expertise support key areas.