NICE guidelines for schizophrenia, psychosis and bipolar disorder
What is NICE?
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is the organisation responsible for producing guidelines and quality standards on health conditions. These resources contain recommendations for better care and treatment.
What are guidelines and quality standards?
NICE guidelines are a set of recommendations for the best treatment and support available for certain health conditions. These recommendations are based on the all the latest evidence about what works. Although health and social care services don't have to follow these recommendations, they are important for showing what works best.
Following on from the guideline, the team at NICE then develop a quality standard which picks some priority action areas from the guideline. Quality standards aim to support quality improvement in health services although, again, these are not compulsory.
Schizophrenia and psychosis in adults
In February 2014, a new guideline for psychosis and schizophrenia was published. We were really pleased that the new guideline focuses on issues that our members have been campaigning on. These include clear recommendations on early intervention, better access to services and support for carers. We know that many people don't currently receive everything recommended in this guideline. We want everyone to have access to the best possible care so please do share our leaflet with friends, families and groups.
You can see our 'at-a-glance' guide to the new guidelines here
You can view the new quality standard on the NICE website
The full guideline and further information on NICE is available from the NICE website.
You can also read our 'behind-the-scenes' blog from two members of the team who developed the NICE guideline
In September 2014, a new guideline for bipolar disorder was published. Again, there was a welcome focus on things that we know are important to our members - physical health, employment support and access to talking therapies. You can read both the guideline and the quality standard, published in July 2015, below:
NICE guideline for bipolar disorder
NICE quality standard for bipolar disorder
Further information is available from the NICE website.
Experience of using mental health services
NICE has also developed a quality standard that outlines the level of service that people using NHS mental health services should expect. It covers a numebr of key areas, such as care planning, combating stigma and continuity of care.
You can download the quality standard on the experience of people using mental health services here
Where can I find out more?
You can find out more about the full range of NICE guidelines for mental health on the NICE website.
Rethink Mental Illness also has a range of free factsheets on topics covered by the guidelines, such as early intervention teams, medication and carer assessments. You can download these at www.rethink.org/factsheets.
We also have a number of physical health resources, such as our Good Health guide and physical health flyer.