Guidance for Commissioners of Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (PICU)

Authors:
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PSYCHIATRIC INTENSIVE CARE AND LOW SECURE UNITS, NHS CLINICAL COMMISSIONERS
Publisher:
National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care and Low Secure Units
Publication year:
2016
Pagination:
28
Place of publication:
East Kilbride

This document provides summary guidance for commissioners with regard to the commissioning of psychiatric intensive care units (PICUs) to meet the needs of their population whilst achieving the ambition of the Five Year Forward View (NHS, 2014): patient safety, clinical effectiveness and patient experience. Psychiatric intensive care is a speciality within mental health inpatient services which specifically addresses acute need. It is for patients experiencing an acute mental disorder who require more rapid assessment and stabilisation through active engagement and treatment. This commissioning guidance sets out overarching policy principles on the nature of psychiatric intensive care. The guide covers: PICU pathways; PICU security; workforce; governance; equality and diversity. (Edited publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
commissioning, mental health services, mental health care, psychiatric care, secure units;
Content type:
practice guidance
Location(s):
England
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