Urgent and emergency mental health care
Alternative crisis and acute mental health services – support pack
This alternative crisis and acute mental health services support pack includes case studies to support implementation of the NHS Long Term Plan ambition for a range of ‘alternative’crisis and acute mental health provision, to complement traditional NHS crisis teams and acute inpatient services.
Long term plan expectations are for every area to offer a wider range of alternatives, with local flexibility to choose which models are most appropriate. The services offered will need to be designed with the input of service users, peer support workers and local voluntary sector organisations. They are expected to include options tailored to meet needs of locally-identified priorities and needs and to specifically address any inequalities. The case studies in this pack have not had external evaluation by NHS England / NHS Improvement (unless stated), but have been included as they are highly valued by the local system in which they operate.
Criteria for crisis assessment and home treatment
This criteria for crisis assessment and home treatment pack supports colleagues developing crisis care transformation fund proposals, mainly around meeting minimum criteria for crisis assessment and home treatment functions. It complements the above case study pack which supports development of proposals for ‘crisis alternatives’. This pack does not constitute formal guidance – it provides more detail on how some services are meeting the minimum criteria, in response to specific queries that have been raised by colleagues.