Standards for integrated care pathways for mental health - child and adolescent services

About the standards

These standards were developed using a multi-agency and multidisciplinary approach, with the involvement of young people and parents/carers with experience of child and adolescent mental health (CAMH) services. They were also widely consulted on.

The standards have a strong quality improvement and person‑centred focus. Delivery of care through ICPs contributes to continuous quality improvement, and will help NHS boards and partner agencies to consistently deliver care that is ‘person-centred, clinically effective and safe, for every person, all the time’.  

The standards have three main elements:

  • process standards outline the infrastructure which must be in place in order to develop, implement and use ICPs successfully: the key tasks to be undertaken, and who is responsible
  • generic care standards describe the interactions and interventions that must be offered to anyone who accesses specialist child and adolescent mental health services, and
  • service improvement standards ensure that ICPs are being implemented and actively used for data capture and variance analysis, leading to service improvements.

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Published Date: 30 June 2011


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