Psychosis and schizophrenia in adults

NICE, February 2015

 NICE quality standards describe high-priority areas for quality improvement in a defined care or service area. Each standard consists of a prioritised set of specific, concise and measurable statements. They draw on existing guidance, which provides an underpinning, comprehensive set of recommendations, and are designed to support the measurement of improvement.

This quality standard covers the treatment and management of psychosis and schizophrenia (including related psychotic disorders such as schizoaffective disorder, schizophreniform disorder and delusional disorder) in adults (18 years and older) with onset before the age of 60 years in primary, secondary and community care. It will not cover adults with transient psychotic symptoms.

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Antenatal and postnatal mental health: clinical management and service guidance

NICE, December 2014

NICE have updated the guidance on antenatal and postnatal mental health making recommendations for the recognition, assessment, care and treatment of mental health problems in women during pregnancy and up to 1 year after childbirth, and in women who are planning a pregnancy.

The guidance recommends discussing with all women of childbearing potential who have a new, existing or past mental health problem, the use of contraception and any plans for a pregnancy.  Health professionals should discuss how pregnancy and childbirth might affect a mental health problem, including the risk of relapse, as well as how a mental health problem and its treatment might affect the woman, the fetus and baby, and parenting.

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Bipolar disorder: the assessment and management of bipolar disorder in adults, children and young people in primary and secondary care

NICE, September 2014

 This guideline updates and replaces NICE clinical guideline 38 (published July 2006). It offers evidence based advice on the care and treatment of children, young people and adults with bipolar disorder.

All areas of NICE clinical guideline 38 have been updated.

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Reducing the spread of hepatitis B

NICE, 28 July 2014

NICE’s quality standard for hepatitis B can help to reduce the spread of the infection by ensuring that people who are at increased risk are offered testing and vaccination. Testing should be offered in a range of settings such as at GP practices, prisons, drug services, and sexual health and genitourinary medicine clinics.

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