What was the National Institute for Mental Health in England?

Introduction

National Institute for Mental Health in England (NIMHE) was an English medical organisation established in 2001 under the leadership of Professor Louis Appleby to “coordinate research, disseminate information, facilitate training and develop services”.

Background

The NIMHE was disbanded and a new body, the National Mental Health Development Unit was launched in 2009. The director of NIMHE, Ian MacPherson, became the director of NMHDU. The NMHDU was also disbanded in March 2011.

One of NIMHE’s first publications, titled Cases for Change, was funded by the Department of Health to review documents published since 1997 about adult mental health, and was undertaken in conjunction with the Department of General Practice.

What was the National Mental Health Development Unit (UK)?

Introduction

The National Mental Health Development Unit (NMHDU) was a governmental organisation in England charged with supporting the implementation of mental health policy.

The unit worked to achieve this by advising on best practice for improving mental health and mental health services. NMHDU closed on 31 March 2011.

The NMHDU was funded by the Department of Health and the National Health Service, and aimed to work in partnership with the NHS’s strategic health authorities and all stakeholders. The unit was launched in 2009, following the abolition of the National Institute for Mental Health in England (NIMHE). The director of the NIMHE, Ian MacPherson, became the director of the NMHDU.

The Unit had several specific programmes of activity, including to support the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) scheme. The Unit also supported the government’s strategy for mental health, New Horizons, which was published in December 2009 following the end of the National Service Framework plans.

The NMHDU replaced the National Institute for Mental Health in England (NIMHE) in 2009.