03 March 2017

Mental health discharge standard

The PRSB has developed the Mental Health Discharge Summary Standard in collaboration with key partners in health and social care to ensure that relevant information is shared with GPs to provide continuity of care when an adult is discharged from mental health services to a GP practice.

The need for new summary standards

In the past, GPs, patients and carers have expressed concerns that the information received has not enabled good continuity of care for service users.

The mental health discharge summary will improve professional communication between the patient's secondary care providers to their GP. It is very important to recognise the different nature of mental illness to physical illness and disease including the different methods of treatments and imperative follow-up care after discharge.

The language used in the headings and in the clinical descriptions has been modified, where necessary, to be more inclusive and sympathetic to the nature of mental illness and processes of care. See the full report for a full list of updates to headings and clinical descriptions.

Scope of project

The scope of this project was to:

• Produce updated mental health discharge summary headings (for adults) with descriptions for use when the patient is transferred from secondary care back to their GP.

• Obtain PRSB assurance and endorsement of the headings by professional and patient bodies.

• Supporting high-level information models in the form of Excel spreadsheets and/or mind maps.

• Develop implementation guidance

Final report

Supporting documents

NHS Digital has produced technical messaging standards for the mental health discharge summary and these can be found here;

Information models


This standard has been endorsed by the following organisations;

  • Royal College of Nursing
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
  • Royal College of General Practitioners
  • Royal College of Occupational Therapists
  • Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • Bristish Psychological Society
  • RCoA
  • Institute of Health Records and Information Management
  • TechUK

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G. Marie Suitor

Oct 01, 2017 (11:38pm)

I am looking for information on the standard minimum stay for an adolescent's stay in a Behavioral issue situation where he tried to do self harm. We are in Texas (USA) and this is not his first attempt to do harm. Please get back to me if you should have any information or questions. Thank you for your time, G. Marie Suitor