National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health

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The National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (NCCMH) is one of several centres of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) that was tasked with developing guidance on the appropriate treatment and care of people with specific conditions within the National Health Service (NHS) in England and Wales. The NCCMH developed clinical guidance for a fifteen year period between April 2001 and April 2016.


It was established on 1 April 2001.[1] On 1 April 2016 a new guideline development centre, the National Guideline Alliance, based at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists took over the clinical guideline programme that had been run by NCCMH.[2]


The NCCMH is hosted in centres within the two lead organisations - the College Research and Training Unit (CRTU) within the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) and the Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE) within the British Psychological Society (BPS). The NCCMH has a management board consisting of two co-directors and senior representatives from both the RCPsych and the BPS, plus an advisory group of representatives of national professional and service user organisations and two academic centres.[3] The NCCMH staff comprises a multi-disciplinary team of systematic reviewers, health economists, an information scientist, research assistants, guideline development managers, and administrative staff.[4]


The NCCMH was responsible for developing mental health guidelines for the treatment and care of mental disorders. For each guideline the NCCMH established a Guideline Development Group, consisting of health and social care professionals, lay representatives, and technical experts. The Group then developed each guideline by assessing the available evidence and deriving from it a series of clinical recommendations. There were then two consultation periods in which stakeholder organisations are able to comment on the draft guideline. The Group then finalisesed the recommendations and the National Collaborating Centre produced the final guideline. This was then submitted to NICE who then formally approved the guideline and issued the guidance to the NHS.

The guidelines provided recommendations for good practice by healthcare professionals. The guidelines were also intended to help patients make informed decisions, to improve communication between the patient and healthcare professional, and to raise the profile of research work. They were generally provided in a full-length version and in various simplified formats for different purposes and audiences.


In 2011 the NCCMH published a review on mental health following abortion.[5]

The NCCMH produced guidelines on:

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  1. ^ Kendall, Tim (3 May 2004). "Clinical Guidelines in Mental Health I: The National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health". BJPsych Bulletin. 28 (5). 
  2. ^ "Work in Psychiatry: NCCMH". Royal College of Psychiatrists. Retrieved 7 July 2017. 
  3. ^ "About the NCCMH: Management board". Archived from the original on 14 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "About the NCCMH: Our Team". Archived from the original on 17 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Abortion 'does not raise' mental health risk". BBC News. 9 December 2011. Retrieved 7 July 2017. 
  6. ^ Pilling, S.; Price, K. (2006). "Developing and implementing clinical guidelines: Lessons from the NICE Schizophrenia Guideline". Epidemiologia E Psichiatria Sociale. 15 (2): 109–116. doi:10.1017/S1121189X00004309. (Subscription required (help)).