Guidance for commissioners of rehabilitation services for people with complex mental health needs

Guidance for commissioners of rehabilitation services for people with complex mental health needsThis guide is about the commissioning of good quality mental health interventions and services for people with complex and longer term problems to support them in their recovery.

Guidance for commissioners of rehabilitation services

It should be of value to:

  • Health and Wellbeing Boards who will have a key role in transforming health and care and achieving better population health and wellbeing through their responsibility for preparing Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (which should take account of the current and future health and social care needs of the entire population), Joint Strategic Asset Assessments, and Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups and Local Authorities as they will jointly lead the local healthcare system, through Health and Wellbeing Boards and in collaboration with their communities
  • The NHS Commissioning Board (NHS England from 01 April 2013) as this will support and hold to account the work of Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • Service providers including those in primary and secondary care, social care, local authorities and third-sector providers of supported accommodation and other services that promote social inclusion including supported employment and other meaningful occupation
  • Public Health England as reducing mental disorder and promoting well-being is an important part of their role and also contributes to a range of other public health priorities
By the end of this guide, readers should be more familiar with the concept of rehabilitation services and better equipped to understand:
  • the policy context for rehabilitation services
  • the importance of joined up health and social care commissioning of rehabilitation services
  • the centrality of the service user and carer voice in the commissioning of rehabilitation services
  • the importance of having a “whole system approach” in the commissioning of mental health rehabilitation services
  • the importance of providing a local rehabilitation care pathway for people with complex mental health needs, from inpatient care through to supported housing and vocational rehabilitation services
  • the key components of a comprehensive rehabilitation service and the need for local tailoring of the rehabilitation care pathway to meet local need
  • the range of providers needed to deliver such a care pathway.