Mental Health Care Pathways

Mental health care pathways from the Royal College of Psychiatrists  is a series of evidence-based mental health care pathways for Dementia, Early Intervention in psychosis services, eating disorders, emergency mental health, IAPT ad perinatal mental health. They provide guidance to commissioners and service providers on how the pathways can be implemented and the benchmarks achieved. 


MSK Knowledge Hub

A new MSK Knowledge Hub (a partnership between the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance and NHS England) contains lots of useful resources for clinicians and commissioners. It includes a Return on Investment tool, self management resources, indicator sets, quality standards and elearning resources among other things.

Good practice in decommissioning

A new NIHR study uses expert interviews, survey of CCGs, and four case studies of attempts to decommission services. It outlines good-practice principles for leading decommissioning processes and engaging service users and citizens, but concludes that although no simple decommissioning formula exists, successful programmes typically address change management and implementation, evidence and information, and relationships and politics.

Decommissioning health care: identifying best practice through primary and secondary research a prospective mixed-methods study.
Williams I, Harlock J, Robert G, Mannion R, Brearley S & Hall K.
Health Serv Deliv Res 2017;5(22)

See other resources on decommissioning on the Disinvestment page of the Handbook.

Patient Experience Library

My attention has been drawn to the Patient Experience Library –

“UK’s collective intelligence on patient experience, much of which can be quite hard to find. For example, the local Healthwatch network (the biggest single contributor to the knowledge base) publishes thousands of reports every year, but posts them across 150 separate websites, all of which are structured differently, and many of which are poorly maintained. [The Library has] catalogued and indexed the entire reporting output (four years’ worth) which is not available anywhere else in searchable form.”

Access to the complete Library is by subscription, but worth a look to those who need this sort of information.