Improving the physical health of adults with severe mental illness: essential actions

Royal College of Psychiatrists, October 2016

This report, written in partnership with various royal medical colleges and Public Health England, sets out the essential actions  to improve the physical health of adults with severe mental illness (SMI) across the NHS. The report makes practical recommendations for changes that will help adults with SMI to receive the same standards of physical healthcare as the general population and reduce the risk of premature death.

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Defining a health-based place of safety (S136) and crisis assessment sites for young people under 18

Royal College of Psychiatrists, August 2016

The aim of this position statement is to define the health-based place of safety and crisis assessment sites, and to lay out the standards required for quality provision.
The position statement relates to legislation, policy and practice in England and Wales.

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Providing evidence-based psychological therapies to people with long-term conditions and/or medically unexplained symptoms

Joint position statement from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Royal College of General Practitioners, British Psychological Society and Royal College of Physicians on providing evidence-based psychological therapies to people with long-term conditions and/or medically unexplained symptoms.

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Four hour waiting time for acute psychiatric care urged

BMJ, 9 February 2016

A new waiting time target for admission to acute psychiatric care of four hours should be introduced, a commission convened by the Royal College of Psychiatrists has said…

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Independent Commission led by Lord Nigel Crisp and supported by the Royal College of Psychiatrists

NHS Confederation, 9 February 2016

Rapid access to acute care and an end to sending acutely unwell mental health patients long distances are among the recommendations made in a new report launched today by an Independent Commission led by Lord Nigel Crisp and supported by the Royal College of Psychiatrists….

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Psychiatric reports: Preparation & use in cases involving asylum, removal from the UK or immigration detention – CR199

Royal College of Psychiatrists, October 2015

This guidance document is aimed primarily at psychiatrists who are requested to prepare medical reports on the mental health of persons seeking asylum, in immigration detention, and/or facing removal from the UK.

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance on:

•the purpose of expert medical evidence in such cases
•what to expect during instruction
•the legal requirements when providing an expert witness report to the court
•common issues and problems which may arise
•the legal framework for such reports in asylum and removal cases
•the key components of good quality reports.

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Perinatal mental health services: Recommendations for the provision of services for childbearing women

Royal College of Psychiatrists, July 2015

This report describes the provision of good-quality mental health services to childbearing women. It makes various recommendations and will assist those providing and planning services for pregnant and postpartum women across a range of disorders and severities at all levels of service provision. It outlines the particular importance of perinatal mental health problems and the need for specialised services.

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