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Mental Health Clustering Tool (MHCT) Training: Implementing Mental Health Payment by Results (MH-PbR)

One day foundation course


Forthcoming Courses


There are no courses currently available for booking. Please regularly check our Course Calendar for updates.



The MHCT has been developed in partnership with the Department of Health, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Care Pathways and Packages Project (CPPP) as a means of allocating clients to Care Clusters which in turn supports care planning and enables MH-PbR. The MHCT retains HoNOS and thus supports providers and commissioners in measuring health and social care outcomes in mental health without the need to collect additional data.

HoNOS was published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) in 1996 and is now the most widely used outcome measure in specialist mental health services in England and overseas. The RCPsych has over 15 years experience of training clinical staff in the use of HoNOS and, more recently, in the use of MHCT. We work with staff teams to train them as trainers and with Trusts to develop and support Trust wide training and implementation plans. This course is eligible for 5 CPD hours subject to peer group approval.

For more information on the Mental Health Clustering Tool visit our MHCT Resource page.



This course aims to provide an overview of the development of the MHCT and is intended to help delegates become competent in the use the relevant tools and processes.


Onsite Training

MHCT courses can be delivered at your trust premises with the following group sizes:


  • Foundation One Day Training Course for up to 30 delegates £3000 + VAT
  • Train the Trainers Two Day Course for up to 25 delegates £5000 + VAT
  • Train the Trainers One Day Update Course for up to 25 delegates £3000 + VAT


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