NHSCC and NAPICU launch new guidance for commissioners of Psychiatric Intensive Care Units

NAPICU logoToday, we have launched new guidance in partnership with the National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care and Low Secure Units (NAPICU) to support the commissioning of high-quality Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (PICUs) and improve patient experience.

PICUs are a critical component of the acute inpatient care pathway. They provide intensive care and treatment for patients experiencing an acute mental disorder who require more rapid assessment and stabilisation through active engagement and treatment.

This new document seeks to empower and enable commissioners, managers and clinicians to jointly develop high quality PICUs. It provides summary guidance which will assist commissioners to meet the needs of their local population, and achieve the ambitions of the Five Year Forward View focusing on patient safety, clinical effectiveness and patient experience.

Phil MooreDr Phil Moore, Chair of  the NHSCC Mental Health Commissioners Network and Deputy Chair of Kingston CCG said: “This guidance, which looks at the evidence and best practice around psychiatric intensive care units, is intended to ensure they have appropriate services for one of the most vulnerable and at risk groups in society – those who have an acute mental health crisis. The patients who need it deserve the very best in PICU provision, and I strongly believe that following the recommendations set out here will be the most effective and efficient way for this care to be delivered. We are very pleased to have been able to work closely with NAPICU on the creation of the guidance.”

Faisil SethiDr Faisil Sethi, Vice Chair of the National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care Units went on to say: “We are delighted to have worked in collaboration with the Mental Health Commissioners Network to develop this guidance. The challenges we face can be overcome through joint working between clinicians, managers and commissioners. PICU is a critical component of the acute inpatient care pathway, and this guidance champions the best of practice, with the primary aim of improving patient experience in PICUs.”

You can read the Guidance for Commissioners of Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (2016) here.

You can find out more about our Mental Health Commissioners Network here.

NAPICU is a multidisciplinary, clinician-led organisation committed to developing and promoting the psychiatric intensive care speciality. Its aims are to improve patient experience and outcome, and to promote staff support and development by: improving mechanisms for the delivery of psychiatric intensive care and low secure care; auditing effectiveness; and promoting research, education and practice development.

11 April 2016