Mental Health – Rehabilitation

The GIRFT national report for mental health rehabilitation has now been shared with NHS colleagues and stakeholders. Click here to download or view the report.

GIRFT webinar: Strengthening community mental health rehabilitation to eliminate out of provider placements

On the 11th July, 2022, the GIRFT lead for mental health rehabilitation, Dr Sridevi Kalidindi CBE, hosted a webinar to discuss how the GIRFT report can be used to strengthen community mental health rehabilitation services to help eliminate out of provider placements.  You can view the webinar below.

On 14th January 2021, we held our second webinar on mental health rehabilitation, led by GIRFT clinical lead Dr Sridevi Kalidindi, featuring a number of excellent speakers focusing on person-centred rehabilitation pathways. If you wish to view this webinar, please contact [email protected]

Here are some links you may find useful in connection with the webinar discussion on person-centred rehabilitation pathways:

Sussex Mental Health and Housing strategy

Tabard Forensic Service (example of Look Ahead work. Models also exist where the primary commissioned contract is held by the relevant mental health trust or local authority and sub-contracted to the housing provider).

On 10th December 2020, we held our first lunchtime webinar with clinical lead Dr Sridevi Kalidindi and a number of external speakers to focus on a whole system approach to mental health rehabilitation, and bringing people back into local care pathways.   If you wish to view this webinar, please contact [email protected]

Questions and answers from the 10th December webinar are available here.

The clinical lead for the mental health rehabilitation workstream was appointed in late 2018, with the endorsement of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

You can contact the project manager for this workstream at [email protected]

Clinical Lead: Dr Sridevi Kalidindi CBE

Consultant rehabilitation psychiatrist at South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

(Twitter: @skalidindi1)

Dr Kalidindi is a consultant rehabilitation psychiatrist and recent past Associate Medical Director at the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. This role has involved working closely with commissioners and others to develop appropriate, successful services. She currently leads a Rehabilitation and Recovery Community Team and, in the past, an inpatient rehabilitation unit as well. She is the immediate past Chair of the Rehabilitation and Social Psychiatry Faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Dr Kalidindi is a Visiting Senior Clinical Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience and has authored and co-authored numerous key policy documents and research papers. She was awarded 2017 Psychiatrist of the year by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and remains a spokesperson for the college, strongly advocating for good mental health services for the population.

She is currently a national advisor for the development of the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (NCCMH) developing NICE guidelines for community psychiatry.

Dr Kalidindi said: “The Getting It Right First Time workstream in mental health rehabilitation provides an enormous, long overdue opportunity to upgrade rehabilitation services nationally. Improved patient experience and outcomes along with enhanced system functioning, is at the heart of this programme.”

Useful links

Royal College of Psychiatry

Mental Health Inpatient Rehabilitation Services Typology Table

Rehabilitation and social psychiatry news and resources

Digital: Association of Mental Health Providers (AMHP) Digital Inclusion in Mental Health Guide

Smoking cessation protocol  (South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust)


COVID-19 guidance and resources

Below are useful links for mental health COVID-19 guidance. Given the fast pace of emerging knowledge and good practice, please ensure you check that you are using the most up-to-date guidance, by going back to the original websites.

RCPsych: Responding to Covid-19

PPE: Covid 19  visual guide to safe ways of working

Advice on clozapine from the published consensus guidance, Siskind et al, April 2020: Consensus_statement_on_the_use_of_clozapine_during_the_COVID-19_pandemic

NHS England and Improvement:  Managing demand and capacity within inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities and autism services for all ages

Key lines of enquiry from the above document:

  1. Am I safe?
  2. Am I in the right place for my care (education) and treatment?
  3. Are my plans for my future going well?
  4. Is everything supporting me to have the best life I can have now and in the future?

Workforce guidance for mental health, learning disabilities and autism, and specialised commissioning services during the coronavirus pandemic


Public Mental Health: Covid-19 guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing

Care homes and supported living: (generic and not mentioning the management of those with serious mental illness and special circumstances): Covid-19 admission and care of people in care homes Covid-19 residential care supported living and home care guidance