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Service Framework for Mental Health: Project Initiation Document


Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Northern Ireland

Subject Keywords: Programme to develop Service Frameworks for Northern Ireland and have asked the Southern Board to take forward the process of developing the Mental Health Service Framework
Topic: Mental Health
Health Inequalities
Chronic Conditions
Health Inequalities
Type: Report
Region: Northern Ireland

In keeping with regional/DHSSPS guidance, the Mental Health Service Framework will provide standards of care that are underpinned by robust evidence (where available), regional/national Policy, the findings of regional Inquiries, the experience of service users and also relevant legislative requirements. The Framework will clearly need to take full account of the Regional Bamford review. In this respect, the Framework will not seek to repeat the work of the previous review process but rather will seek out and distil potential key standards outlined within the findings and recommendations of the Bamford Review. The Framework will set out performance standards and targets in respect of day-to-day service delivery across the HPSS. This will include reference to the desired clinical and social care outcomes and timeframes across a range of service sectors and settings. The Framework will therefore provide a potential vehicle against which the quality of services/service provision may be judged by members of the public, HSC Commissioners and other organisations which are required to report on the performance and quality of services and care. The scope of the Framework will be wide ranging and include a focus upon not only enabling high quality mental health service provision but also mental health promotion and prevention. In addition, the Framework will encompass a full ‘lifecycle’ approach encompassing childhood, adulthood and older age services and issues. Through its eventual implementation and integration within day-to-day practice across the HPSS, and in common with all proposed Frameworks, the Mental Health Framework will aim to improve the mental health and emotional wellbeing of the Northern Ireland population.



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Suggested citation:

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Northern Ireland. (2009) Service Framework for Mental Health: Project Initiation Document [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 25th August 2019].


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