A National Impact
As part of our work on system change, we are invited to participate in consultations at a local and national level. We also pro-actively comment, feedback and respond to open consultations and key work within the area of multiple and complex needs.
In 2016, we submitted feedback for NICE Guidelines (NG58): Coexisting severe mental illness and substance misuse: community health and social care services. As a result of our feedback certain sections of the guidelines have been directly impacted, notably:
- ensuring that people with severe mental ill health are not excluded from secondary care mental health services if they are also experiencing substance misuse
- detailing specific ways in which people with dual diagnosis should, and can be supported to ensure they can access the services they need (as opposed to just stating support is required)
- focusing on the need for improved engagement via consistent points of contact.
The NICE Guidelines (NG58) can be viewed in full here.