NICE Impact: Mental Health

NICE Impact: Mental Health

Why focus on mental health?


NICE impact reports review how NICE recommendations for evidence-based and cost-effective care are being used in priority areas of the health and care system, helping to improve outcomes where this is needed most.NICE provides evidence-based guidance and advice to help improve health and social care services. The uptake of NICE guidance is influenced by close relationships with partners such as NHS England, NHS Improvement and Public Health England (PHE).


Since 2002 and the publication of NICE’s first clinical guideline, on schizophrenia, we have produced an extensive suite of guidance and quality standards to support the identification and management of mental health conditions. Our guidance covers common and severe mental health conditions in children, young people and adults. In 2015, the independent Mental Health Taskforce was formed to create the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health for the NHS in England. The NHS Long Term Planbuilds on this strategy and pledges to grow investment in mental health services faster than the overall NHS budget for each of the next 5 years.


NICE guidance is the foundation of many commitments in these national strategies, including improvements in:

access to psychological therapies,

physical healthcare for people with severe mental illness, and

people’s choice and control over their care.


We routinely collect data which give us information about the uptake of our guidance. To produce this report, we have worked with national partners to select those data which tell us about how NICE guidance might be making a difference in these priority areas of mental healthcare. They also highlight areas where there is still room for improvement.