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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

NICE Clinical Guidelines developed by NCCMH 2001-2016


For over 15 years the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (NCCMH) developed 35 clinical guidelines on mental health topics. It produced the first NICE guideline :

  • on schizophrenia
  • on service user experience
  • on dementia in collaboration with the Social Care Institute for Excellence.

The work of the NCCMH has attracted considerable international attention: our guideline on schizophrenia has twice been recognised by the World Health Organization as being the best developed of any internationally available guideline on that topic, and some of our guidelines have been translated and adopted or adapted by other healthcare systems, including those of Italy, Australia and Slovenia.

The NCCMH has provided consultancy (as part of NICE International) to Turkey, Georgia and the Netherlands to develop their own clinical guideline programme, and has been at the forefront of guideline methodological advances.

Our guidelines have also provided the evidence base that has supported the National Service Framework for Mental Health and the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme for common mental health problems.

The NCCMH continues to be a leader in the production and review of evidence through its implementation work for NHS England and NICE. The current NCCMH still maintains links with the guidelines programme through its close collaboration with UCL.


NICE guidelines and publications

Full guideline publications

Nice guidelines 

published date

NICE guidelines
Children’s Attachment: Attachment in Children and Young People Who Are Adopted from Care, in Care or at High Risk of Going into Care Nov 2015 NICE guidance/ng26
Challenging Behaviour and Learning Disabilities: Prevention and Interventions for People with Learning Disabilities Whose Behaviour Challenges May 2015 NICE guidance/ng11
Violence: the short term management of disturbed/violent behaviour in  in-patient psychiatric settings and emergency departments May 2015 NICE guidance/ng10
Antenatal and postnatal mental health (update) Dec 2014 NICE guidance/cg192
Bipolar Disorder (Update): the management of bipolar disorder in adults, children and young people Sept 2014 NICE guidance/cg185

Psychosis and schizophrenia in adults: treatment and management

Feb 2014

NICE guidance/cg178

Autism: the management and support of children and young people on the autism spectrum

Aug 2013 NICE guidance/cg170

Social Anxiety Disorder

May 2013

NICE guidance/cg159

Antisocial Behaviour and Conduct Disorders in Children and Young People Mar 2013 NICE guidance/cg158
Psychosis and Schizophrenia in Children and Young People Jan 2013 NICE guidance/cg155
Autism in Adults Jun  2012 NICE guidance/cg142
Service User Experience in Adult Mental Health Dec 2011 NICE guidance/cg136
Self-Harm (Longer Term Management) Nov 2012 NICE guidance/cg133
Common Mental Health Disorders May 2011 NICE guidance/cg123
Psychosis with Coexisting Substance Misuse Mar 2011 NICE guidance/cg120
Alcohol-Use Disorders July 2011 NlCE guidance/cg115

Generalised Anxiety Disorder in Adults

Jan 2011

NICE guidance/cg113

Depression in Adults with a Chronic Physical Health Problem

Oct 2009

NICE guidance/cg91

Depression (Update)

Oct 2009

NICE guidance/cg90

Schizophrenia (Update)

Mar 2009

NICE guidance/cg82

Antisocial Personality Disorder

Jan 2009

NICE guidance/cg77

Borderline Personality Disorder

Jan 2009

NICE guidance/cg78

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Sept 2008

NICE guidance/cg72

Drug Misuse: Opioid Detoxification

Jul 2007

NICE guidance/cg52

Drug Misuse: Psychosocial Interventions

Jul 2007

NICE guidance/cg51

Antenatal and Postnatal Mental Health - Out of print

Feb 2007

NICE guidance/cg45


Nov 2006

NICE guidance/cg42 

Bipolar Disorder

Jun 2006

NICE guidance/cg38 

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Nov 2005

NICE guidance/cg31 

Depression in Children and Young People - Out of print

Sept 2005

NICE guidance/cg28  

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Mar 2005

NICE guidance/cg26 

Depression - Out of print

Dec 2004

NICE guidance/cg23


Jul 2004

NICE guidance/cg16 

Eating Disorders

Jan 2004

NICE guidance/cg9 

Schizophrenia - Out of print

Dec 2002

NICE guidance/cg1

Independent systematic evidence reviews

The NCCMH has a successful track record of carrying out grant-funded systematic reviews and health technology assessments (HTAs) for other organisations. This aspect of the NCCMH work helps to promote the role of evidence synthesis in making informed judgments about healthcare policy and future research priorities. Current and past funders include the Department of Health, The Academy of Royal Medical Colleges and the NIHR. These include:

  • Clinical effectiveness and patient perspectives of different treatment strategies for tics in children and adolescents with Tourette syndrome (Health Technology Assessment programme)
  • Induced abortion and mental health. A systematic review of the mental health outcomes of induced abortion, including their prevalence and associated factors (Academy of Medical Royal Colleges)
  • E-therapies systematic review for children and young people with mental health problems (Department of Health)
  • Evidence reviews for the NICE Public Health Guideline on Dual Diagnosis
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