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Investing in recovery

Making the business case for effective interventions for people with schizophrenia and psychosis

Spending on services for people with psychosis is currently skewed towards the more expensive parts of the system, at £350 average cost per day for inpatient care compared with £13 per day in some community settings.

This report provides the most up-to-date economic evidence to support the business case for investment in effective, recovery-focused services. 

15 April 2014
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Managing patients with complex needs

Evaluation of the City and Hackney Primary Care Psychotherapy Consultation Service

This report reviews an innovative service that helps GPs in the City of London and Hackney to support people who fall through the gaps in existing service provision. It finds that it improves health at the same time as reducing costs in both primary and secondary care services. 

27 March 2014
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Young adults (18-24) in transition, mental health and criminal justice

Bradley Commission briefing 2

Almost all young adults in contact with the criminal justice system have multiple problems including mental ill health. Many lead chaotic lives that cause stress and distress. Yet many of the services that work with this group either end or begin at age 18, leaving young adults without effective support. 

19 March 2014
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Supporting recovery in mental health services: Quality and Outcomes

ImROC briefing 8

The development of mental health services that support recovery is now a central theme in national and international policy. In order to support these developments we need clear, empirically informed statements of what constitutes high-quality services and how these will lead to key recovery outcomes. This paper aims to provide just that.

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11 March 2014
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Building a better future

The lifetime costs of childhood behavioural problems and the benefits of early intervention

Parenting programmes more than pay for themselves through future savings in public spending, spread across a range of budgets including education, health, social care and criminal justice.

Building a better future reviews the evidence on the costs of severe behavioural problems and the economic benefits of parenting programmes, and shows that, when well implemented, the programmes are extremely good value for money. 

22 January 2014
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Wanting the best for my children

Parents' voices

5% of children have severe behavioural problems, known as conduct disorder. Good quality parenting programmes can make a real difference, helping parents pick up simple techniques to more effectively manage behaviour and support their child's wellbeing.

This report looks at the experiences of 44 parents. They face dilemmas about seeking help and this report shows their thoughts on how systems might work better to support families managing early behavioural difficulties. 

22 January 2014
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Childhood behavioural problems: a briefing for child social workers

This briefing sets out what childhood behavioural problems are, when they become conduct disorder, how to recognise the signs and how many children are affected. It then looks at what can be done, how to engage parents and talks about the referral process. 

21 January 2014
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Childhood behavioural problems: a briefing for housing professionals

This briefing sets out what childhood behavioural problems are, when they become conduct disorder, how to recognise the signs and how many children are affected. It then looks at what can be done, how to engage parents and talks about the referral process. 

21 January 2014
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Childhood behavioural problems: a briefing for GPs

This briefing sets out what childhood behavioural problems are, when they become conduct disorder, how to recognise the signs and how many children are affected. It then looks at what can be done, how to engage parents and talks about the referral process.  

21 January 2014
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Childhood behavioural problems: a briefing for prison officers

This briefing sets out what childhood behavioural problems are, when they become conduct disorder, how to recognise the signs and how many children are affected. It then looks at what can be done, how to engage parents and talks about the referral process. 

21 January 2014
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Childhood behavioural problems: a briefing for Troubled Families teams

This briefing sets out what childhood behavioural problems are, when they become conduct disorder, how to recognise the signs and how many children are affected. It then looks at what can be done, how to engage parents and talks about the referral process. 

21 January 2014
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Childhood behavioural problems: a briefing for midwives, health visitors and school nurses

This briefing sets out what childhood behavioural problems are, when they become conduct disorder, how to recognise the signs and how many children are affected. It then looks at what can be done, how to engage parents and talks about the referral process. 

21 January 2014
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Childhood behavioural problems: a briefing for substance misuse workers

This briefing sets out what childhood behavioural problems are, when they become conduct disorder, how to recognise the signs and how many children are affected. It then looks at what can be done, how to engage parents and talks about the referral process. 

21 January 2014
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Childhood behavioural problems: a briefing for justice professionals

This briefing sets out what childhood behavioural problems are, when they become conduct disorder, how to recognise the signs and how many children are affected. It then looks at what can be done, how to engage parents and talks about the referral process. 

21 January 2014
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Childhood behavioural problems: a briefing for schools

This briefing sets out what childhood behavioural problems are, when they become conduct disorder, how to recognise the signs and how many children are affected. It then looks at what can be done, how to engage parents and talks about the referral process. 

21 January 2014
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Welfare advice for people who use mental health services

Developing the business case

People using mental health services have dramatically higher rates of unemployment, housing insecurity and personal debt than the general population and these difficulties can worsen their health. This research highlights the link between poor mental health and a frequent experience of welfare problems such as unmanageable debt and difficulties with housing and benefits and finds that specialist welfare advice is likely to save mental health services money by improving people’s health and reducing hospital admissions. The report calls for every mental health service to secure specialist welfare advice to help to support recovery and to intervene early when difficulties emerge. 

03 December 2013
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A place for parity

a place for parityHealth and wellbeing boards and mental health

Most of England's health and wellbeing boards are prioritising at least one mental health issue in their strategies but almost one in ten has ignored it entirely.

A Place for Parity looks at how much focus the boards have given to mental health, which areas they focus on and what factors helped or hindered the agenda of mental health during the development of the strategies.  

18 November 2013
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Access and waiting

Briefing note

Access and waiting times for evidence-based psychological therapies are a crucial litmus test of parity of esteem between mental and physical health. 

12 November 2013
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Parity of esteem

This briefing note gives an overview of parity of esteem as it stands, the impact of poor mental health on physical health, the impact of poor physical health on mental health, the situation in urgent care and the gap between health and care resources as well as outlining what parity would look like with some key recommendations. 

11 November 2013
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The Team Recovery Implementation Plan

Team Recovery Implementation Plana framework for creating recovery-focused services

This paper shows how Team Recovery Implementation Plans support a whole team in becoming more recovery focused. A TRIP aims to empower teams to translate recovery ideas into practice and to utilise the skills and resources of everyone at the front line to develop innovative ways of promoting recovery and recovery environments.  

29 October 2013
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Peer Support Workers: a practical guide to implementation

Peer Support Workers: a practical guide to implementation

This paper sets out four phases for an organisation looking to introduce peer worker posts: preparation; recruitment; employment; and ongoing development. The guide advises organisations on the key questions they need to ask, addresses ten common myths and misconceptions and provides sample documents for you to use in your services.  

29 October 2013
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Supporting offenders into employment

Briefing note

Individual Placement and Support (IPS) is a tried and tested approach, offering personalised support to help people with mental health problems into employment. The Centre is currently carrying out an evaluation to test whether this approach can meet the specific needs of offenders. We are working on this project in partnership with HM Prison Service, South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Enable, SOVA and the Institute of Mental Health (University of Nottingham). 

24 October 2013
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Bridging the Gap

The financial case for a reasonable rebalancing of health and care resources

Bridging the Gap: the financial case for a reasonable rebalancing of health and care resources says that under-investment in mental health services and a lack of integration with physical health services have created a bottleneck in health care improvement, constrained physical health outcomes and has impaired broader economic performance. Aside from the significant human cost, the financial cost of untreated mental ill health among people treated for physical illness is some £13 billion – almost as much again as the NHS spends on mental health care 

06 October 2013
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Bridging the Gap: Executive Summary

The financial case for a reasonable rebalancing of health and care resources

Executive Summary of Bridging the Gap. How under-investment in mental health services and a lack of integration with physical health services have created a bottleneck in health care improvement, constrained physical health outcomes and impaired broader economic performance. 

06 October 2013
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NHS Constitution

Briefing note

The NHS Constitution sets out what you can expect from the NHS as a patient and as a staff member. It is divided into your rights and pledges. 

05 October 2013
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Briefing 47: Barriers to employment

What works for people with mental health problems

For most of us, having paid work is essential for wellbeing and financial security. But, as this briefing finds, for many people who require some support to get into work, especially those with mental health problems, the right to employment support is not being upheld and numerous barriers remain. The briefing looks at what interventions work as well, where gaps exist in evidence-based interventions as well as some current models of supported employment and urges commissioners and providers of both employment services and health and social care to make support into employment a priority. 

03 October 2013
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Black and Minority Ethnic communities, mental health and criminal justice

Bradley Commission: briefing 1

The first briefing from the Bradley Commission - Black and Minority Ethnic communities, mental health and criminal justice - explores the importance of community groups in engaging BME communities that are disproportionately represented both in mental health care and in the criminal justice system.  

09 September 2013
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Making recovery a reality in your community

A briefing for commissioners of mental health, drug and alcohol services

A new briefing on mental health, drug and alcohol services from Centre for Mental Health, Alcohol Concern and Drugscope urges commissioners to tackle the poorly integrated support received by those with overlapping needs.

This briefing urges commissioners to focus on what matters most to people’s lives – a home, a job, family and friends – services can enable people with multiple needs to build better lives on their own terms. 

19 August 2013
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Recovery: a carer's perspective

An estimated 1.5 million people in the UK care for or support a relative or friend who experiences mental health problems.

This briefing examines what Recovery means for the families and friends of people with mental health conditions. It suggests ways in which they can support Recovery and looks at how mental health services can help. It also provides information about key resources, including a Wellbeing Recovery Plan.  

12 June 2013
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Peer support in mental health care: is it good value for money?

Peer support workers provide mutually supportive relationships in secondary mental health services. Increasing numbers are being employed, but good quality evidence on the effectiveness of this form of service delivery is in short supply and even less is known about its cost-effectiveness.

This paper makes a first attempt at assessing whether peer support provides value for money. 

05 June 2013
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Peer Support Workers: Theory and Practice

Peer support is "offering and receiving help, based on shared understanding, respect and mutual empowerment between people in similar situations". This paper examines the concepts and principles of peer support and present examples from organisations which now have peers in their workforce.

Whether they are paid or voluntary, working in public, private or independent services, peer workers have a valuable role to play. 

05 June 2013
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A Need to Belong

What leads girls to join gangs

This report is the result of an analysis of data collected for more than 8,000 young people at the point of arrest.

On average, young women involved with gangs had more than double the number of vulnerabilities than the other girls who were screened after arrest. The results of the screening shows clear evidence of the psychological vulnerability of gang involved young women. 

21 May 2013
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Briefing 46: The NHS Mandate and its implications for mental health

The NHS mandate sets out in clear terms how the NHS can improve the way we treat long-term conditions and tackle health inequalities.

The briefing outlines key actions for NHS England and clinical commissioning groups including expanding IAPT services, addressing access and waiting times for mental health care and commissioning integrated support for people with co-existing physical and mental health conditions. 

01 May 2013
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The Mental Health Treatment Requirement

Realising a better future

This briefing from the Criminal Justice Alliance and Centre for Mental Health looks at the barriers that prevent the further uptake of the MHTR and examines how they can be overcome. 

03 December 2012
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Briefing 45: Probation services and mental health

Probation services and mental health

Despite the high levels of mental ill health on the probation caseload, typically probation staff are given very little training to identify offenders with mental health issues. This briefing paper summarises the ways in which health and probation services can work together to meet the needs of offenders with mental health conditions and ensure they get access to effective support.   

03 December 2012
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Liaison psychiatry in the modern NHS

Liaison psychiatry in the modern NHS

Every NHS hospital should have a liaison psychiatry service as standard, according to this new report.

Liaison psychiatry services provide immediate access to specialist mental health support for people being treated for physical health problems, most often in general hospitals and in some cases in the community. Such services can save an average hospital £5 million a year by reducing the number and length of admissions to beds. 

08 November 2012
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Recovery, public mental health and wellbeing

Recovery, public mental health and wellbeing

Recovery and recovery-oriented practice have the potential to transform mental health services, but we also need to examine the whole range of resources and opportunities that can support quality of life for people with mental health problems.

This paper outlines how public mental health and the growing 'wellbeing' movement can contribute. It sets out the ways that providers, those using or working in mental health services, voluntary groups, commissioners, those in public health or with a role on Health and Wellbeing Boards, can support recovery through the development of public health and community based approaches. 

24 October 2012
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A Chance to Change

A Chance to ChangeDelivering effective parenting programmes to change lives

Parenting interventions can dramatically improve children’s futures but they must be made widely available, delivered well and targeted at the children who need them most, according to our new report.

A Chance to Change calls for government to spearhead a national campaign to raise public and professional awareness of childhood conduct problems and do more to support well-implemented and evidence-based early interventions. 

15 October 2012
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No Health without Mental Health: guides for local services

No Health without Mental Health: guides for local services

A partnership of leading mental health charities has launched this series of briefings to help develop better local mental health services. Following the publication of the implementation framework for the Government's mental health strategy, these briefings set out the steps that local authorities and NHS commissioning groups can take to improve mental health care, treatment and support. 

10 October 2012
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Recovery, personalisation and personal budgets

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Recovery and personalisation both challenge the current predominance of professional, clinical knowledge over the expertise of lived experience in the mental health system and require significant changes in the culture, practice and organisation of mental health services.

The purpose of this paper is to explore the links between recovery and personalisation and demonstrate how both are part of a common agenda for mental health system transformation. 

12 September 2012
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Recovery Colleges

This ImROC briefing paper examines the central role that Recovery Colleges play in transforming mental health services to become recovery-focused. 

21 June 2012
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Unsung Heroes

Unsung heroesDeveloping a better understanding of the emotional support needs of Service families

As the UK Armed Forces are going through unprecedented restructuring to deliver a new employment model, this report draws together what we know about how the families and children of Service personnel are supported to deal with the emotional and psychological impact of deployment and training.  

10 May 2012
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Dual diagnosis: a challenge for the reformed NHS and for Public Health England

Dual DiagnosisA discussion paper from Centre for Mental Health, DrugScope and UK Drug Policy Commission

The current set of health reforms poses both threats and opportunities for people with dual diagnosis or multiple needs. This discussion paper looks at the likely implications of the reforms and makes eight recommendations to integrate services and improve outcomes.  

01 March 2012
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Long term conditions and mental health: the cost of co-morbidities

Cost of comorbidities

Long-term conditions and mental health: the cost of co-morbidities, a joint report from the Centre for Mental Health and The King's Fund finds that the additional cost of treating long term conditions for those with depression and other mental health problems is between £8-13 billion a year.  

09 February 2012
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Briefing 44: Implementing what works

The impact of the Individual Placement and Support regional trainer

Centre for Mental Health worked alongside Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Southdown Supported Employment, a not-for-profit sector provider of employment services that works in partnership with the mental health trust, to test whether locating a 'regional trainer' across both the Trust and Southdown could speed up the development and efficacy of Individual Placement and Support (IPS) within their services. The role was based on the State Trainer model that was developed and is widely used in the United States for this purpose.  

02 February 2012
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The Mental Health Strategy, system reforms and spending pressures: what do we know so far?

The Mental Health Strategy, system reforms and spending pressures: what do we know so far?

In the summer of 2011, Centre for Mental Health, the Mental Health Foundation, Mind and Rethink Mental Illness commissioned an independent researcher, Dr Susan O'Connor to evaluate the impact of the Government's mental health strategy, No Health Without Mental Health. This paper examines how delivery of the strategy is being influenced by pressures on public spending and the emerging reforms in health local government and other public services.  

18 January 2012
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Briefing paper 43: A place to live

A place to liveSecuring stable accommodation for offenders with mental health problems

At a time when figures suggest that homelessness is on the rise, this briefing paper sets out what we know about homelessness, mental health and offending, and makes recommendations about how a group who are particularly vulnerable to homelessness could be better supported in order to improve outcomes for both the individual and for their community 

14 December 2011
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Economic evaluation of a liaison psychiatry service

Economic evaluation of a liason psychiatry service

The Economic Evaluation of a Liaison Psychiatry Service examines the costs and benefits of an award-winning service based at Birmingham City Hospital, which is estimated to have cut the costs of bed use within the hospital by some £3.5 million a year.  

17 November 2011
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Mental health care and the criminal justice system

Briefing paper 39: Mental health care and the criminal justice systemBriefing Paper 39 (updated 2011)

This briefing paper examines the provision of mental health care for adults in the criminal justice system. It looks at what has been achieved to date and identifies priorities for further work.  

14 September 2011
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No Health without Mental Health: a guide for general practice

A guide for General Practice

No Health without Mental Health: a guide for general practice outlines the steps that primary care staff can take to ensure that mental health problems are identified early, and that people suffering from mental health problems are given support to stay in work. The briefing also underlines the importance of treating the physical as well as mental health of people with a mental illness. 

13 July 2011
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No Health without Mental Health: a guide for community groups

Community Group Briefing

No Health without Mental Health: a guide for community organisations explains how community groups and voluntary organisations can work together with services to promote good mental health and tackle the inequalities in mental health service provision faced by marginalised and vulnerable groups.  

12 July 2011
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Managing Presenteeism

Presenteeism means reduced productivity when employees come to work and are not fully engaged or perform at lower levels as a result of ill health.

Presenteeism is hugely costly to employers, but all too often ignored. Managing it well saves money and contributes to the development of an engaged and productive workforce. This paper provides tips on what this might mean in practice. For more on presenteeism, take a look at the resources page. 

23 May 2011
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Mental health promotion and mental illness prevention: the economic case

This report looks at 15 forms of prevention and early intervention in mental health to gauge their economic value. It shows that many of these interventions are outstandingly good value for money. Most are low in cost and many become self financing over time, saving public expenditure as well as radically improving the quality of people's lives. 

19 April 2011
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What’s it worth now?

What’s it worth now? coverThe social and economic costs of mental health problems in Scotland

In 2006, the Scottish Association for Mental Health published a report, What's It Worth?, which presented high-level estimates of the social and economic costs of mental health problems in Scotland for the year 2004/05.

What's it Worth Now? updates that publication, with a particular focus on the employment-related costs of mental ill health, both in work and out of work. 

12 April 2011
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Pathways to unlocking secure mental health care

Pathways to unlocking secure mental health care cover

This report examines the extent to which pathways into and through secure mental health services can be improved through the different security levels and ensure a better flow between prison and secure services.

It is based on a review of current secure service provision carried out by the Centre and commissioned by the National Mental Health Development Unit. 

01 April 2011
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Diversion: the business case for action

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Many people in the criminal justice system have complex mental health needs which are poorly recognised and inadequately managed. Large numbers end up in prison: a high-cost intervention which is inappropriate as a setting for mental health care and ineffective in reducing subsequent offending.

Diversion: the Business Case for Action, written with Rethink and the Royal College of Psychiatrists, shows that even with intensive community supervision for up to two years, diversion from custody is still much cheaper than just a few weeks in prison. 

15 February 2011
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A Label for Exclusion

Label for Exclusion cover imageSupport for alcohol-misusing offenders

The development of alcohol interventions for offenders is a challenging area with implications for both health and criminal justice agencies.

This policy paper identifies areas and practical examples of how, in a changing and uncertain policy and commissioning landscape, the joint commissioning and delivery of alcohol interventions for offenders in the community might be productively developed. 

04 January 2011
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Beyond the Gate (Briefing 42)

Beyond the gate cover imageSecuring employment for offenders with mental health problems

It is possible to support people with mental health problems and offending histories into mainstream employment, from whichever part of the criminal justice system they are in.

Beyond the Gate uses real examples from employers, prisons and probation services across England to sets out five elements of effective practice in securing employment for offenders. 

24 November 2010
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Across the wire

Across the wire cover image - camoflage trousers in a lineVeterans, mental health and vulnerability

It is clear from what evidence we have that a veteran's experiences before and during service, as well as their transition back to civilian life, are major influences on their mental health.

Across the wire reviews evidence about the mental health of armed forces veterans and what links this has with offending and imprisonment. 

25 October 2010
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The economic and social costs of mental health problems in 2009/10

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The cost of mental ill health in England is now £105.2 billion a year.

The figure includes the costs of health and social care for people with mental health problems, lost output in the economy, for example from sickness absence and unemployment, and the human costs of reduced quality of life. 

03 October 2010
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Prison Mental Health: Vision and Reality

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This publication, developed jointly with the Royal College of Nursing and Nacro, the crime reduction charity, aims to examine what has been achieved in prison mental health over recent years from a number of different personal perspectives and individual observations of working in England. 

21 September 2010
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Under the radar

Under the radar cover image - prison corridorWomen with borderline personality disorder in prison

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious condition characterized by pervasive instability in moods, relationships, self-image and behaviour.

This report calls for better diversion from custodial sentences for women with a personality disorder and increased training for prison staff.  

14 September 2010
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You just get on and do it

Healthcare provision in Youth Offending Teams coverHealthcare provision in Youth Offending Teams

This paper shows the results of our study of healthcare provision in YOTs in England. We also reviewed mental health diversion work along the youth justice pathway to look at how these services might be better developed to improve outcomes for young people and their families. 

07 September 2010
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Directory of services for high-risk young people

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This directory outlines secure services in England and Wales. It contains a summary of each service, detailing whom it's for and the contact details. 

07 September 2010
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Reaching out, reaching in

Reaching out, reaching in coverPromoting mental health and emotional well-being in secure settings

This study was commissioned by the Department of Health to review current levels and standards of mental health provision in the young people's secure estate in England. 

07 September 2010
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Public health and criminal justice

Public health and criminal justice cover image - aerial photo of housesPromoting and protecting offenders' mental health and wellbeing

The offending population experiences poor mental health on many counts, often associated with a lifetime of social exclusion and its consequences.

This policy paper looks at a range of innovative programmes and interventions that target people and communities at high risk of social exclusion, poor mental health and offending. 

21 July 2010
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Common mental health problems at work

Common mental health problems at work cover imageWhat we know about successful interventions. A progress review.

Common Mental Health Problems at Work examines recent international research evidence on how to help people with depression and anxiety to stay in work or to return after a period of ill health.

It confirms that people with common mental health problems do not have to be completely well to return to work. For many, going back to work actually helps their recovery.  

07 June 2010
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Implementing Recovery

Implementing Recovery policy paper cover - orange vapour trails in a blue skyA methodology for organisational change

The principles of recovery now underpin developments in mental health services in a number of countries. In England, they figure prominently in New Horizons and have received widespread support from the major professional bodies. This paper presents a practical methodology to help mental health services and their local partners become more recovery-oriented in their organisation and practices, and thereby to support these processes more effectively. 

27 April 2010
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Diversion Dividend

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Rethink and Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health have called on political parties to recognise that imprisoning offenders with mental health problems on short sentences is a poor use of taxpayers' money.

Diversion Dividend finds that diverting offenders to community support rather than prisons would save money in the justice system and reduce reoffending rates.  

02 April 2010
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The Bradley Report and the Criminal Justice Workforce

The Bradley Report and the Criminal Justice Workforce coverTackling mental health and learning disabilities in the justice system

This paper examines what justice workers need to help them to help to implement the 82 recommendations of Lord Bradley's review of how the justice system supports people with mental health problems or learning disabilities.

 

30 March 2010
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Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead cover - skyscrapers in DubaiThe next 25 years in mental health

Looking Ahead is a collection looking forward to the challenges of the next quarter of a century in mental health policy and practice in the UK.

Contributors include Prof Louis Appleby, Dame Carol Black, Prof Cary Cooper and Anne Beales. 

23 March 2010
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Promoting mental health and preventing mental illness

Promoting mental health and preventing mental illness cover imageThe economic case for investment in Wales

This report is published by the All Wales Mental Health Promotion Network and calls for greater investment in mental health promotion and argues that this will bring economic advantages.

It recommends early interventions such as supporting parents and children in their early years. Support for lifelong learning, improving working lives and investing in positive steps for mental health are also recommended. 

17 March 2010
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Blurring the Boundaries

Blurring the Boundaries cover image - blurred  fencingThe convergence of mental health and criminal justice policy, legislation, systems and practice

This report shows that a convergence is taking place between mental health and criminal justice.

It summarises the benefits and the risks of convergence and is intended to inform policy-makers and practitioners about where convergence can be useful and where caution is required.

Foreword by Rt Hon Lord Bradley.  

16 March 2010
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The Chance of a Lifetime

Chance of a Lifetime cover image - snakes and ladders in a playgroundPreventing early conduct problems and reducing crime

A very high proportion of those who have the most serious conduct problems during childhood will go on to become involved in criminal activity.

This paper examines the links between early conduct problems and subsequent offending. It makes the case for greatly increased investment in evidence-based programmes to reduce the prevalence and severity of conduct problems in childhood. 

23 November 2009
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Commissioning what works

Commissioning what worksThe economic and financial case for supported employment

Studies have shown that IPS is by far the most effective way of helping people who use mental health services to get jobs. And those who work regularly make less use of mental health services, needing fewer hospital admissions, as well as having a better quality of life and a higher income.

This paper provides an overview of the cost and effectiveness of IPS for commissioners. 

22 September 2009
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Implementing Recovery: a position paper

Implementing Recovery framework paper cover imageA new framework for organisational change

This position paper sets out the ten major challenges for mental health services to put recovery at the heart of their everyday practice.

Implementing recovery means supporting people to take much greater control over the way that they are treated. And it requires mental health professionals to work in a very different way to support service users' own priorities and their hopes for the future.  

09 September 2009
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Measuring what matters

Measuring what matters cover image - blurred people walkingKey indicators for the development of evidence-based employment services

Mental health and employment services should report regularly how well they help people to get and keep paid work.

Measuring What Matters presents a set of key indicators that can be used routinely so that service users and their families can see how well services are performing. 

09 June 2009
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Childhood mental health and life chances in post-war Britain

Childhood mental health and life chances summary report cover imageInsights from three national birth cohort studies

Childhood mental health and life chances in post-war Britain finds that mental health problems in children and teenagers have a significant impact on their chances of success in employment and family life as well as contact with the criminal justice system.

The study looks at the long-term effects of conduct and emotional problems in adolescence. 

07 May 2009
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Diversion

Diversion report cover image - bends in a roadA better way for criminal justice and mental health

Diversion finds that many opportunities for diversion are being missed and too little is being done to ensure that offenders with mental health problems make continuing use of community mental health services.

The report looks at the evidence on outcomes and the effectiveness of diversion, it includes information from site visits and looks at whether diversion is good value for money. 

23 February 2009
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Doing What Works

Doing What Works briefing paper cover imageIndividual Placement and Support into Employment

Doing What Works shows that Individual Placement and Support (IPS) is by far the most effective way of helping people with severe and enduring mental health problems to gain and retain the jobs they want.

But it is only effective if all seven of its key principles are in place. 

18 February 2009
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Personality Disorder

Personality Disorder briefing cover imageA briefing for people working in the criminal justice system

Personality disorder is a difficult topic which is surrounded by myth.

This briefing is designed to raise awareness about personality disorder, to dispel some of the myths, and to give some interesting facts about this important and hotly disputed area, as an introduction for people working in the criminal justice system.  

08 January 2009
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Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation paper cover imageWhat is it, who can deliver it and who pays?

The Government wants to help millions of people with mental health problems to work. Vocational rehabilitation is whatever helps someone with a health problem to stay at, return to and remain in work.

This paper argues that both taxpayers and employers gain from vocational rehabilitation and that both should pay for it. It looks at the other thorny, practical issues about vocational rehabilitation - what is it, who can deliver it, who pays? 

08 December 2008
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On the Outside

On the Outside report cover image - houses on a streetContinuity of care for people leaving prison

Continuity of care is vital in all areas of health care. For released prisoners with mental health problems it is especially important to help them get their lives back on track on the outside. On the Outside finds that many released prisoners quickly lose touch with the services that are supposed to support them. Many prisoners do not know where they will be living on release. Some end up on relatives' sofas. Others go to hostels where they fear getting back into drug habits, or they end up on the streets. 

02 December 2008
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A review of the use of offending behaviour programmes for people with mental health problems

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Offending behaviour programmes (OBPs) aim to change the way offenders think in order to change their offending behaviour. This review finds that many programmes are poorly adapted to the needs of people with mental health problems and that they fail to address the most common causes of offending, such as lack of a home and lack of a job.

The review calls for programmes to be made more accessible to prisoners with mental health problems and relevant to people's lives. 

12 November 2008
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In the Dark

In the dark cover imageThe mental health implications of Imprisonment for Public Protection

This report finds that prisoners serving IPP sentences are much more likely than other prisoners to have mental health problems.

It looks at the sentencing process, what information is given to prisoners and the courses they can do as well as the prisoners' mental health needs and the impact of mental ill health on the IPP process. It makes recommendations for health and criminal justice services. 

18 September 2008
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The Police and Mental Health (Briefing 36)

Police and Mental Health Briefing paper cover image

This briefing looks at the role of the police in relation to mental health and makes recommendations for development.

It calls on the NHS to manage health care in police custody and to take a more active role in diverting people with mental health problems to the services they need. 

02 September 2008
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Evening the Odds

Evening the Odds briefing paper cover imageEmployment support, mental health and Black and minority ethnic communities

People from Black and minority ethnic communities are less likely to use employment support services and less likely to succeed in gaining employment than their white British peers.

This briefing suggests some targeted actions that might help to make change happen. 

17 July 2008
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From the Inside

From the Inside report cover - blue barred gates in a doorwayExperiences of prison mental health care

From the Inside is based on interviews with 98 prisoners in five West Midlands prisons. It finds that mental ill health is not the exception but the rule. It sets out what prisoners themselves say they need to improve their mental health. 

25 June 2008
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About Time

About Time publication cover imageCommissioning to transform day and vocational services

About Time is the first step-by-step guide that shows how commissioners can turn their services around to offer people the support they need to live the lives they want. It shows that involving service users from the start of a process of radical change is crucial to its success. 

12 June 2008
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Short-changed

Short-changed publication cover imageSpending on Prison Mental Health Care

Short-changed, produced together with Lincoln University, shows that prison inreach teams get £300 in funding for every prisoner in England. This is only about one-third of what they need to offer the same level of service as community mental health services. 

27 May 2008
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Making Recovery a Reality

Making Recovery a Reality Policy Paper cover image

This paper says mental health services need to change radically to focus on recovery. They need to demonstrate success in helping service users to get their lives back and giving service users the chance to make their own decisions about how they live their lives. 

17 March 2008
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Mental Health at Work

Mental Health at Work - Publication Cover ImageDeveloping the Business Case

Mental ill health costs employers nearly £26 billion each year. This paper details the costs of ignoring mental distress at work. 

13 December 2007
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Recruitment and Mental Health

Recruitment and Mental Health - Publication Cover ImageA report by Employers’ Forum on Disability and Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health

Three in ten employees will experience mental health problems during a year. The majority of people with mental health problems are willing and able to work. This report describes what employers and government could do differently that would make it easier to recruit people with mental health problems. 

10 October 2007
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Race Equality Training in Mental Health Services in England

Race Equality Training in Mental Health Services in England - Publication Cover ImageDoes one size fit all?

This report is based on a survey of participants, providers and commissioners of training. It finds that only one quarter of participants had received any training from a service user. The report calls for fundamental changes in the delivery of race equality training. 

08 October 2007
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A Guide to User-Focused Monitoring

A Guide to User-Focused Monitoring - Publication Cover ImageSetting up and running a project

This publication provides a step-by-step guide to setting up and running a user-focused monitoring project. It covers all stages of the project from recruiting the co-ordinator and interviewers, to the final report. 

03 January 2007
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Crisis Resolution & Home Treatment

Crisis Resolution & Home Treatment - Publication Cover ImageA Practical Guide

Our new guide looks at the core characteristics of effective teams and how they can manage risk and facilitate early discharge from hospital. 

07 November 2006
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We Need to Talk - The case for psychological therapy on the NHS

We Need to Talk - The case for psychological therapy on the NHS - Publication Cover ImageThe case for psychological therapy on the NHS

We Need To Talk examines the provision of psychological therapies and calls on the Government to provide them through the NHS in line with NICE guidance. 

31 October 2006
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Costs of Race Inequality

Costs of Race Inequality - Publication Cover Image

This paper examines the financial costs of the differences in specialist mental health service use among people from different ethnic groups in London. 

16 October 2006
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Leading by Example

Leading by Example - Publication Cover ImageMaking the NHS an exemplar employer of people with mental health problems

A practical guide showing how NHS managers and others can lead by example in employing mental health service users in the NHS workforce while improving the working lives and job retention for all staff. 

13 July 2006
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London's prison mental health services

London's prison mental health services - Publication Cover ImageA Review

This policy paper examines London’s prisons and makes recommendations for improvement and ways that the primary care trusts and the prisons can work together to make more progress. 

29 March 2006
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Future of Mental Health

Future of Mental Health - Publication Cover ImageA Vision for 2015

This policy paper sets out a radical but realistic agenda for mental health over the next 10 years. 

03 January 2006
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Feeling Good: Promoting Children's Mental Health

Feeling Good: Promoting Children's Mental Health - Publication Cover Image

These activity sheets provide parents and their children aged 4 to 7 with a unique resource to help them talk about how they feel and what makes them happy or sad, stressed or secure. 

10 October 2005
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Back on Track?

Back on Track? - Publication Cover ImageCPA care planning for service users who are repeatedly detained under the Mental Health Act

This report examines the effectiveness of Care Programme Approach care planning for people who are repeatedly detained under the Mental Health Act. 

12 July 2005
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Beyond the Water Towers

Beyond the Water Towers - Publication Cover ImageThe unfinished revolution in mental health services 1985-2005

Mental health care has been transformed in the last two decades. This book charts that progress and examines the key issues facing mental health services. 

09 May 2005
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Whose Values?

Whose Values? - Publication Cover ImageA Workbook for Values-Based Practice

People's values differ enormously - what may be important to one individual may be of little significance to another.

This new workbook provides a series of exercises that enable practitioners to reflect on the way that they work and recognise the influence that different values have on their practice. 

13 July 2004
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Counting the Cost

Counting the Cost - Publication Cover ImageThe Economic and Social Costs of Mental Illness in Northern Ireland

The economic and social costs of mental illness in Northern Ireland amounted to nearly £3 billion in 2002/3 - more than the total spend on health and social care for all health conditions.  

09 June 2004
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The Economic and Social Costs of Mental Illness

The Economic and Social Costs of Mental Illness - Publication Cover Image

Mental illness costs us more as a society than crime, and this policy paper calculates what the economic and social costs of mental illness are.

It also demonstrates the benefits of reducing the prevalence and severity of mental illness. 

04 June 2003
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Mental Health Service User Movement in England

Mental Health Service User Movement in England - Publication Cover Image

This publication examines the shape of the user movement today and looks to the challenges and opportunities ahead. 

28 May 2003
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Breaking the Circles of Fear

Breaking the Circles of Fear - Publication Cover ImageA review of the relationship between mental health services and African and Caribbean communities

This major review documents the 'circles of fear' and the impediments to change which lead to poorer treatment and care of African and African Caribbean adults. 

15 July 2002
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Keys to Engagement

Keys to Engagement - Publication Cover ImageReview of Care for People with Severe Mental Illness who are hard to engage with Services

This report on assertive outreach sets out a strategy for meeting the needs of people with severe and enduring mental illness who have difficulty in engaging with services. 

09 March 1998
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