The overall aim of the Department of Health (DoH) of Northern Ireland is to improve the health and social wellbeing of the people in Northern Ireland. The revised Service Framework for Mental Health and Wellbeing 2018 is one of a range of Service Frameworks developed by the Department in support of this aim. Service Frameworks are a major strand of the reform of health and social care services and help to ensure that care is safe, effective and person-centred.
This Framework builds on the 2010 version but offers a more streamlined approach with fewer standards, and includes both service and experience indicators. The Framework reflects the principles and values of the ‘You In Mind’ Regional Mental Health Care Pathway 2014, hereafter referred to as ‘You In Mind’, and recognises that all treatment and care needs to be highly personalised and recovery orientated.
The purpose of the Framework is not only to provide guidance on the steps of care to be delivered but it is designed also to enhance the quality of service experience and promote consistency of service delivery across Northern Ireland.
The scope of the Framework includes a focus on the required service elements of access to mental health services, assessment, diagnosis,
treatment, self-management and the recovery of all adults who have a mental health problem or condition.
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