National Mental Health Development Unit

The National Mental Health Development Unit replaced the National Institute for Mental Health in England on 1/4/09.

Extract from their website

NMHDU, launched in April 2009, consists of a small central team and a range of programmes funded by both the Department of Health and the NHS to provide national support for implementing mental health policy by advising on national and international best practice to improve mental health and mental health services. It will do this by commissioning or providing:

  • specialist expertise in priority areas of policy and delivery
  • effective knowledge transfer on research, evidence and good practice
  • translation of national policies into practical deliverables that achieve outcomes
  • coordination of national activity to help regional and local implementation.

NMHDU’s work will be developed through co-production between DH and the SHAs, and strategic partnerships with other groups such as the NHS Confederation, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services and the major mental health third sector organisations.

The new body takes over some of the national activities previously carried out by the National Institute for Mental Health in England (NIMHE) while the ten Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs) will incorporate the resources of the former NIMHE Regional Development Centres to support regional and local delivery.

External link

NMHDU website

  • NMHDU Mental Health Factfiles - 5/7/10 - Seven short documents outlining key facts and figures: (1) Mental health and employment, (2) Mental health and housing, (3) The costs of mental ill health, (4) Public mental health and well-being, (5) Equalities in mental health, (6) Stigma and discrimination in mental health, and (7) Ensuring greater access to talking therapies


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