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Mental Health Unit
Scottish Government
St Andrew’s House
Regent Road

Phone – 0131 244 4006

Email – janet.megoran@gov.scot

Community, Inpatient and Crisis Services

Key change area 3 of the Mental Health Strategy 2012 -15 recognises that a well-functioning mental health system has a range of community, inpatient and crisis mental health services that support people with severe and enduring illness. Some of these illnesses can be episodic in nature, with people experiencing stable periods with few symptoms and periods of crisis with intense symptoms:

Commitment 23

We will identify a core data set that will allow effective comparison of the effectiveness of different models of crisis resolution/home treatment services across NHSScotland. We will use this work to identify the key components of crisis prevention approaches and as a basis for a review of the standards for crisis services.

Commitment 25

As part of the work to understand the balance between community and inpatient services, and the wider work on developing mental health benchmarking information, we will develop an indicator or indicators of quality in community services

A paper has been written by John Mitchell, Prinicpal Medical Officer to the Scottish Government, which proposes key performance indicators for crisis and community mental health services in Scotland. This paper fulfills commitments 23 and 25 of the Mental Health Strategy:

Beyond this work a national mental health quality indicator profile is in development. 

This was done following a review of mental health benchmarking and data from 2015.

A mapping exercise of existing data against the quality indicators and health and wellbeing indicators.