This guide aims to support health and social care professionals in England to commission an effective service for the treatment and management of schizophrenia in adults (18 years and over) with an established diagnosis of schizophrenia with onset before age 60.
Commissioning a comprehensive range of interventions, including services that promote recovery for people with schizophrenia, needs effective joint commissioning between primary care trusts (PCTs) and local authorities to ensure integrated partnership working across the NHS, social care, housing sector, not-for-profit and private sector organisations.
The schizophrenia guideline does not address the specific treatment of young people under the age of 18, except those who are receiving treatment and support from early intervention services.
This commissioning guide should be read together with NICE clinical guideline CG82. Schizophrenia: core interventions in the treatment and management of schizophrenia in adults in primary and secondary care.