This position statement published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists supports the development of a financial tool that accurately reflects the resources required to provide a high-quality mental health service.
It stresses the need for accurate data collection, innovation of service, service evaluation and further research.
The statement does not endorse the development of services organised according solely to mental health clusters. Mental health clusters have been developed as a payment mechanism and not as a mechanism for the delivery of care either at an individual or service level. The College urges research on effective and efficient service models, addressing complex needs, and ensuring seamless care for patients across the care pathways.