Implementing NICE guidelines on bipolar disorder into routine primary and secondary healthcare: integrated managed innovation network approach versus other implementation approaches
What we are doing:
The overall aim is to explore how NICE guidelines on bipolar disorder might be effectively implemented. Different approaches to implementation, that are locally tailored, will thereby improve the effectiveness, efficiency, safety and experience of care in terms of auditable processes of care e.g. drug prescription outlined in the NICE guidelines and service user experience over two years.
Why are we doing it:
NICE guidelines utilise the latest research evidence to provide the highest quality care in a cost effective way. Previous research indicates they are not implemented effectively; the implementation of NICE guidelines for bipolar disorder was identified by mental health services as a priority.
What the benefits will be:
High quality of care may improve service user experience and reduce costs because mistakes and poor quality care may require further additional intervention to correct. NICE guidelines are supposed to influence decisions on the commissioning and provision of care, incentives for GPs and standards forinspection by the Care Quality Commission but despite this, they are not actively implemented and uncertainty remains how to implement them. Our implementation approach, if successful, should lead to the formation oflarge and dense networks of practitioners and service users meeting together.