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Integrated Care Pathways (ICPs)

This section contains information on the actions the Mental Health Partnership is taking to implement the NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (QIS) Standards for Integrated Care Pathways for Mental Health (published in 2007). 

The aim of using the standards is to help local services manage both care delivery, and the quality of the care delivered.  An ICP is a multidisciplinary care plan which describes the essential steps (and how these are organised and co-ordinated) in the care of a patient with a particular clinical problem, and the expected progress of the patient.

The standards cover generic mental health services, and also look in more detail at care delivery for individuals who are specifically diagnosed (or are expected to be diagnosed) with bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, dementia, schizophrenia or depression.  

In 2008 a steering group (chaired by the Mental Health Partnership medical director and with staff representing a range of specialities) was formed to oversee NHSGGC’s work to achieve the Standards. Sub-groups were also set up for each of the specific standards, such as that for dementia.  These sub-groups completed and reported on their work in late 2009.  A report pulling together the work of all the sub-groups was presented to the Mental Health Partnership senior management team in April 2010.  This team will discuss how best to complete the implementation of the standards.

The implementation of the standards is being assessed by NHS QIS. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde gained foundation accreditation in September 2009.  


Standards for Integrated Care Pathways for Mental Health

Report for Mental Health Partnership Senior Management Team (April 2010)

Summary of the Clinical Parts of the Integrated Care Pathway Standards