National Service Framework for Mental Health
National Service Framework
for Adult Mental Health
The National Service Framework (NSF) for adult mental health, published on 30 September 1999,
focuses on the mental health needs of working age adults and applies to both health and social
The framework sets national standards and defines service models for promoting mental health and treating mental illness in the five following areas: mental health promotion; primary care and access to services; effective services for people with severe mental illness; caring about carers; and preventing suicide.
Download the full document in pdf format here
the Executive Summary in pdf format here
Getting the Right Start:
NSF for Children
The Government has an ongoing commitment to the improvement of child and adolescent mental
health services, as outlined in National Priorities Guidance and the commitments in the NHS Plan.
A National Service Framework for children and young people is currently in development and
will include standards to improve mental health services. The Standard for Hospital Services
has already been published as well as a consultation document on Emerging Findings.
the Right Start: NSF for Children, Emerging
the Right Start: NSF for Children, Standard
for Hospital Services
The National Service Framework for older people
was published on 27 March 2001 and sets out
new national standards of care for older people,
including those with mental health problems.
Standard seven of this NSF states that older
people who have mental health problems should
have access to integrated mental health services,
provided by the NHS and councils, to ensure
effective diagnosis, treatment and support,
for them and their carers.
By April 2004, primary care groups and primary
care trusts will have ensured that every general
practice uses protocols agreed with local specialist
services, both health and social care, to diagnose,
treat and care for patients with depression
or dementia. Health and social care systems
should have agreed protocols in place for the
care and management of older people with mental
for Older People