Support after a suicide: a guide to providing local services

Public Health England, January 2017

This practical guidance helps commissioners understand why and how they can deliver support after suicide (also known as postvention support) in their local areas.

Click here to access the guidance and links to further resources.

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Working together to promote cessation of smoking in children and young people: briefing for commissioners of Tier 4 Children and Adolescents Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Public Health England, December 2016

This briefing aims to clarify what we know about the relationship between mental health and smoking prevalence amongst children and young people, what Children and Adolescents Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are doing to support children and young people with smoke free advice and support, and what actions commissioners and the public health system might take to reduce levels of smoking and the harms that arise from it.

Click here to view the briefing.

Commissioning care for people with dementia at the end of life: a mixed-methods study

BMJ Open, December 2016

This study aims to understand how end-of-life (EoL) care for people with dementia is currently commissioned (ie, contracted) and organised, with a view to informing the development of commissioning guidance for good-quality community-based EoL care in dementia.

Click here to access the full text study.

The Mental Health Five Year Forward View Dashboard

NHS England, November 2016

This dashboard provides a tool for NHS England and the Five Year Forward View Programme Board to be able to monitor progress on its commitments to transform mental health services. Since the data has been made publicly available commissioners can use it as a tool to inform their work and services users and their families and carers can see how local services are performing and understand where to look to make informed choices about their care.

Click here for more information and to download the dashboard.

Support from the start: commissioning early intervention services for mental ill health

NHS Clinical Commissioners, September 2016

This report showcases projects that promote early intervention in mental health and draws out tips from commissioners and practitioners involved in their development and delivery. The report highlights four projects where CCGs and their partners are tackling the challenge of early intervention and it aims to share the learning and good practice from these projects.

Click here to view this report.

Funding mental health at a local level: unpicking the variation

NHS Providers, May 2016

NHS Providers and the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) surveyed finance directors in mental health trusts and chief finance officers in CCGs to understand how the parity of esteem commitment is being implemented locally. The survey found that the government’s commitment to parity of esteem between mental and physical health services is being undermined by a failure to ensure funding increases reach the frontline with only half (52%) of providers reporting that they had received a real terms increase in funding of their services in 2015/16.

Click here to view the report.